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LIQUOR LICENCES  have become “a big  revenue-earner” for the Treasury, especially around the Christmas season.

Evidence of this came when in just one day this month, more than 300 representatives from hotels, wholesalers and local rum shops from areas that fall under the jurisdiction of the District “A” Magistrates’ Court descended on Coleridge Street armed with the licensing applications.

Fees for the various types of licences vary from $500 to $10 000; with manufacturing licences costing as much as $50 000.

Presiding Magistrate Graveney Bannister told the Daily Nation that the Christmas and Crop Over seasons were the busiest times of the year for the Traffic Court, which processes the issuance, renewal and transfer of the licences. For Crop Over this year the court also processed more than 300 occasional licences.

Please read the full story in today’s Daily Nation, or in the eNATION edition.

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