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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Alcohol Import Curb

HELSINKI, Finland -- President Martti Ahtisaari has approved a new law aimed at halting the flow of duty-free alcohol from the former Soviet Union.

As of May 1, the law will ban import of liquor by visitors from outside the European Union arriving in Finland by land or sea and staying less than three days.

The ban will mainly affect thousands of daily visitors from Russia and Estonia, who routinely turn a quick profit by openly selling alcohol, cigarettes and trinkets at sale points dubbed "Red Squares," along highways, at gas stations and street markets.

The state alcohol monopoly has reported declining sales because of the illegal trade.