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Jakarta Post

Fingers are crossed for a spirited New Year

  • Prodita Sabarini


JAKARTA   /   Sun, December 27 2009   /  02:05 pm

The Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association (PHRI) is optimistic booze will be flowing on New Year's Eve as shipments of alcoholic beverages are scheduled to be delivered to the Jakarta port this week, the association chairman said. PHRI Jakarta chairman Khrisnadi said this week that hoteliers and restaurateurs were counting on the country's sole importer of wine and spirits, PT Sarinah, to deliver the alcohol soon. He said they were experiencing shortages of wine and spirits and needed fresh supplies to meet increased end of year demand. Earlier this month, custom officials detained 34 containers of wine and spirits in Tanjung Priok Port because Sarinah officials under-reported the value of the shipment. The Finance Ministry's custom and excise office said Sarinah had to pay a fine equal to 1,000 percent of the total value of the goods. "It was agreed that ...