Mexican gov’t, private sector sign agreement to fight illegal liquor
June 30, 2015
The National Wine and Liquor Industry Commission, or CIVyL, and the National Tequila Industry Association, with the assistance of the Finance Secretariat, have signed an agreement to fight the sale of illegal liquor in Mexico and plan to launch a campaign to drum up public support for the initiative, officials said.
The two trade groups will work with the SAT tax agency, which plans to join forces with health officials and step up efforts to fight illegal liquor, the Finance Secretariat said in a statement.
Some 43 percent of the liquor sold in Mexico, according to a study conducted by the CIVyL, the National Tequila Industry Association and the National Association of Wine and Liquor Distributors, or ANDIVY, is produced illegally, smuggled into the country or a falsified version of trademarked products.
Finance and Public Credit Secretary Luis Videgaray, Business Coordinating Council, or CCE, president Gerardo Gutierrez, CIVyL chief Angel Abarrategui and National Tequila Industry Association head Luis Velasco signed the agreement.