Nigeria approves alcohol, tobacco taxes, to start June 2018

NIGERIA - The Federal government has signed-off on the implementation of a new tariff regime on alcoholic beverages and tobacco products as it seeks to raise government’s fiscal revenues. President Muhammadu Buhari has approved an amendment to the excise tariff rates for alcoholic beverages and tobacco products, which are slated to go into effect on…

EU sets 2030 deadline for recyclable plastics packaging in new strategy

EU - The EU plans to make all plastic packaging across Europe recyclable or reusable by 2030. The pledge forms part of a wider plastic strategy to tackle the issue of plastic waste. Other commitments include a reduction in consumption of single-use plastics and restrictions on the use of microplastics, such as microbeads found in some cosmetics. “If…

Scotland to introduce minimum alcohol pricing in the UK

UK - Scotland is to become one of the first countries in the world to introduce minimum alcohol pricing in an attempt to tackle a worsening public health problem with binge drinking. Britain’s Supreme Court announced the landmark move that ends a five-year legal battle in which the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA), the industry lobby,…