14 Jul 2008

American Samoa customs officials intercept container of beer

7:43 am on 14 July 2008

American Samoa customs officers have intercepted a full container of beer from China which was brought in by a business that does not have a license to import or sell liquor.

Sources say the beer is a new brand manufactured in China.

It did not have proper labeling to show the alcohol content, and the importer is suspected of trying to avoid paying the excise tax on beer, but had paid the regular 5% tax for goods for resale.

According to the sources, a full container of beer from the states would cost close to $20,000 in excise taxes, but the store only paid $5,000 for the container with the unauthorized beer.

A treasury official says the beer can either be sent back or destroyed.