Sri Lanka bans ethanol imports

Mar 05, 2013 (LBO) – Sri Lanka has banned the import of ethanol from March 01, using import and export control laws, a notice on the website of the customs office said. The customs office said un-denatured ethyl alcohol of 80 percent strength and denatured spirits have been prohibited.

Last year Sri Lanka expropriated two sugar privately held sugar mills which produced ethanol and 550 million rupees of people’s tax money was used to keep them afloat.

Analysts say the trade control will force industries that use ethanol including alcohol producers to purchase from state producers.