In Norway, the state liquor monopoly Vinmonopolet wants to take over the sale of wine and spirits in tax-free shops. According to Vinmonopolet, airport sales threaten their legitimacy and financing.

“When every seventh bottle of wine and liquor in Norway is bought in tax free, the long term effect could be that our legitimacy is undermined, and we lose our social responsibility,” Vinmonopolet director Kai Henriksen is quoted by The Local. Hendrikson also explains that a second concern is Vinmonoplet’s financial survival: “When people stop shopping with us, it affects our potential to build new stores and develop.”

As of yet, there has been no contact between Vinmonopolet and the airports in question about taking over wine and spirit sales. However, according to The Local Vinmonopolet would like to open talks about the subject. Currently, the tax-free sales are managed by the company Travel Retail Norge.

source: The Local 07/17/13

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