Brewery

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Brewery
BREWERY ACT
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Act
17 of 1899
Amended by

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38 of 1978
45 of 1980
51/1980
4/1985
239/1990
6 of 1991
6 of 1993
8 of 1996

59 of 1921
18 of 1930
43 of 1934
31 of 1939
23 of 1952
32 of 1957
4 of 1961
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Index of Subsidiary Legislation
Page

Brewery (Manufacture of Beverages) Orders (LN 112/1990) (LN 237/2011)
(LN 24/2012) … … … … … 21

Note on Adaptation
Under paragraph 6 of the Second Schedule to the Law Revision Act (Ch. 3:03) the
Commission amended certain references to public officers in this Chapter. The Minister’s
approval of the amendments was signified by LN 52/1980, but no marginal reference is made
to this Notice where any such amendment is made in the text.

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CHAPTER 87: 52

BREWERY ACT
ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS

SECTION
1. Short title.
2. Interpretation.
3. Licence to brew.
3A. Excise duty on beer, shandy and other malt beverage.
4. Unit of material.
5. Charge of duty.
6. Minister may authorise deduction of certain materials by way of

relief.
7. Mode of ascertaining gravity and quantity.
8. Mode of ascertaining original gravity.
9. (Repealed by Act No. 8 of 1996).
10. Loss by fire or other unavoidable cause.
11. Brewing book.
12. Marking of vessels and rooms and positions of vessels.
13. Entry of premises.
14. Sugar store and accounts of sugar.
15. Adulteration of beer.
16. Operations in course of brewing.
17. (Repealed by Act No. 8 of 1996).
18. Separation and mixing of brewings.
19. Officer may take samples.
Payment for samples.
20. Penalty for concealing beer, etc.
20A. (Repealed by Act No. 8 of 1996).
20B. Brewer of shandy to keep record of volume of production.
21. Brewer to provide scales, weights, ladders, etc.
22. Use of unjust weights or measures.
23. Power of entry and examination by Officers.
24. Power to enter and search for concealed pipes, etc.
25. Obstruction of Officers.
26. Drawback on beer exported.

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27. Exportation of brewery products.
28. Samples to ascertain gravity of beer for export.
29. Debenture for payment of drawback.
30. (Repealed by Act No. 8 of 1996).
31. Prohibition against possession of sugar and other substances.
32. Power to prohibit use of certain substances in excisable goods.
33. (Repealed by Act No. 8 of 1996).
34. Exemption from Customs duty.
34A. Minister may authorise manufacture of other beverages.
34B. Use of duty-free equipment in authorised manufacture.
35. Penalties.

SCHEDULE.

ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS—Continued
SECTION

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CHAPTER 87:52

BREWERY ACT
An Act to regulate the Brewing of Beer and to impose certain

duties thereon.
[9TH AUGUST 1899]

1. This Act may be cited as the Brewery Act.
2. In this Act—
“approved” and “required” mean approved and required by the

Comptroller;
“authorised manufacture” means the manufacture of a beverage

authorised by the Minister by Order under section 34A, and
includes the manufacture of shandy;

“beer” includes ale, porter, spruce beer, and black beer, and any
other description of beer, and any liquor which is made or
sold as a description of beer or as a substitute for beer, and
which on analysis of a sample thereof at any time is found
to contain more than 11/2 per cent Alc./Vol., or to have an
original gravity exceeding one thousand and twelve degrees;
but the Minister shall have power to modify this definition
or permit such exemptions as may be found desirable;

“beverage” does not include beer;
“brewer” means a brewer of beer for sale, that is to say, any

person who brews beer for the use of any other person at any
place other than the premises of the person for whose use the
beer is brewed, and any person licensed to deal in or retail
beer, who brews beer;

“Comptroller” means the Comptroller of Customs and Excise;
“duty” means excise duty chargeable under section 3A;
“Officer” means the Comptroller or any Supervisor or any

Officer of the Customs and Excise department for the time
being employed or acting as such;

“other malt beverage” means any non-alcoholic brewed
malt beverage;

1950 Ed.
Ch. 32 No. 10.
17 of 1899.

Commencement.

Short title.

Interpretation.
[4 of 1961
7 of 1973
45 of 1980
239/1990
6 of 1991
6 of 1993
8 of 1996].

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“prepared grist” means rice, and any other description of corn
which may have been subjected to any special process, other
than malting, for use in brewing;

“shandy” means a mixture containing not more than 11/2 per cent
Alc./Vol., bright beer, shandy concentrate, granulated sugar,
carbon dioxide and water;

“sugar” means any saccharine substance, extract or syrup, and
includes any material capable of being used in brewing,
except malt or corn;

“warehouse” has the meaning assigned to it by section 3 of the
Excise (General Provisions) Act;

“wort” means any extract or solution convertible into beer.
(2) The provisions of this Act, except sections 3(5) and
3A(2), shall apply mutatis mutandis to other malt beverage,
shandy and any other beverage produced by a brewer in a
brewery as they apply to beer.
3. (1) There shall be paid to the Comptroller a duty of two
thousand dollars on a licence to be taken out annually by a brewer
in Trinidad and Tobago.
(2) Every licence shall be in such form as the
Comptroller shall direct, and shall, whenever issued, be granted
only on payment of the duty in full, and such licence shall expire
on 31st December in each year.
(3) A licence issued under this section shall not
authorise the brewer to sell beer other than that brewed by
himself, and the quantity to be sold at any one time shall not be
less than 4.5 litres or twelve bottles of 375 millilitres each.
(4) If any person brews beer for sale without having in
force a proper licence under this Act, he is liable to a fine of four
thousand dollars, and all wort, beer, vessels, utensils and
materials for brewing shall be forfeited.
(5) If any brewer sells any quantity of beer less than
4.5 litres or twelve bottles of 375 millilitres each, he shall be
deemed to be a retailer and is liable to the penalty for retailing
beer without a licence.

Ch. 78:50.

Licence to brew.
[51/1980
4/1985
6 of 1991].

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3A. (1) There shall be charged on beer and shandy produced in
Trinidad and Tobago an excise duty calculated on each litre of beer
of an original gravity of one thousand and fifty degrees brewed or
used in the production of such beer or shandy, as the case may be,
and so in proportion for any difference in quantity or gravity.
(2) There shall be charged on other malt beverage
produced in Trinidad and Tobago an excise duty calculated on
each litre of other malt beverage of an original gravity of one
thousand and fifty degrees brewed and so in proportion for any
difference in quantity or gravity.
4. Nineteen kilogrammes weight of malt or corn of any
description, or 14.5 kilogrammes weight of prepared grist, or
12.7 kilogrammes weight of sugar, shall be a unit of material; and
the expression “unit of material” includes its equivalents or any
such quantities of malt, corn, prepared grist, and sugar, or any
two or more of those materials, as by relation to such equivalents
shall be equal to such unit of material.

5. (1) Every brewer shall be deemed to have brewed
81 litres of wort of the gravity of one thousand and fifty degrees
for every unit of material entered or used by him in brewing.
(2) The duty on beer brewed by a brewer shall be in
respect of every litre of beer, delivered from the warehouse for
consumption in Trinidad and Tobago, of the original gravity of
one thousand and fifty degrees, and so in proportion for any
difference in quantity or gravity as entered in the book by the
brewer, or as ascertained by an Officer, whichever is higher.
(3) Duty shall be payable on any deficiency in the
production of beer which cannot be shown to the satisfaction of
the Comptroller to have arisen due to accidental loss or waste
incident to the brewing of beer or the subsequent preparation
thereof for consumption.
(4) All beer produced by a brewery shall be deposited in
a warehouse and recorded by an Officer as being for consumption
in Trinidad and Tobago or for exportation, use as ships’ stores or
removal to another warehouse.

Excise duty on
beer, shandy
and other malt
beverage.
[8 of 1996].

Unit of material.
[6 of 1991].

Charge of duty.
[6 of 1991
8 of 1996].

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(5) No beer which is—
(a) entered for consumption in Trinidad and Tobago,

shall be removed from a warehouse unless the full
duties have been paid in respect of it; and

(b) entered for exportation, use as ships’ stores or
removal to another warehouse, shall be removed
from a warehouse without the written
permission of an Officer in accordance with the
procedures set out in section 23 of the Excise
(General Provisions) Act.

6. Where the materials used in brewing by a brewer are
proved to the satisfaction of the Minister to be of such a
description or nature that some deduction from the quantity
chargeable by relation to materials should be made, he shall
authorise such a deduction from that quantity as shall, in his
opinion, afford just relief to the brewer.
7. (1) An approved saccharometer and tables shall be used
to ascertain the quantity by relation to gravity of all wort; and, in
calculating the gravity, a degree of gravity shall be taken as equal
to one-thousandth part of the gravity of distilled water at fifteen
degrees Celsius.
(2) The quantity and gravity so ascertained shall be
deemed to be the true quantity and gravity of such wort.
8. When the original gravity cannot be satisfactorily
ascertained by the saccharometer, such gravity may be
determined in the following manner:
(a) a sample shall be taken from any part of such

wort, and a definite quantity thereof by measure
at the temperature of fifteen or twenty-six
degrees Celsius shall be distilled;

(b) the distillate and residue shall each be made up
with distilled water to the original volume and
temperature before distillation, and the gravity
of each shall be ascertained;

(c) the number of degrees by which the gravity of the
distillate is less than the gravity of distilled water
shall be deemed the spirit indication of the distillate;

Ch. 78:50.

Minister may
authorise
deduction of
certain materials
by way of relief.

Mode of
ascertaining
gravity and
quantity.
[6 of 1991].

Mode of
ascertaining
original gravity.
[6 of 1991].

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(d) the degrees of original gravity standing opposite
to such spirit indication in the Table in the
Schedule, added to the specific gravity of the
residue, shall be deemed to be the original
gravity of the wort;

(e) the original gravity so found shall be taken to be
the original gravity of the wort for charging the
duty thereon whenever it exceeds the gravity
entered by the brewer or ascertained by the
saccharometer.

9. (Repealed by Act No. 8 of 1996).
10. When any materials upon which a charge of duty has
been made, or any wort or beer, shall be destroyed by accidental
fire or other unavoidable cause while the same are on the entered
premises of a brewer, the Minister shall, on proof of the loss to
his satisfaction, order that the duty charged or paid be remitted or
repaid, as the case may be.
11. (1) A book in the approved form shall be delivered by an
Officer to every brewer, and the following provisions shall have
effect in relation to the book, and to the entries to be made therein:
(a) the brewer shall keep the book in some part of

his entered premises at all times ready for the
inspection of the Officer, and shall permit any
Officer at any time to inspect the same and make
extracts therefrom;

(b) the brewer shall enter separately in the book the
quantity of the several materials which he
intends to use in his next brewing, and also the
day and hour when the next brewing is intended
to take place;

(c) the brewer shall make such entry, so far as
respects the day and hour of brewing, twenty-
four hours at the least before he begins to mash
or dissolve, and, so far as respects the quantity
two hours at the least before the hour entered for
the mashing and the dissolving respectively;

Table
Schedule.

Loss by fire
or other
unavoidable
cause.

Brewing book.

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(d) the brewer shall, two hours at the least before
the hour entered for brewing, enter the time
when all the wort will be drawn off the grains in
the mash tun;

(e) the brewer shall, within one hour of the wort
being collected, or, if the wort is not collected
before six in the afternoon, before six in the
forenoon of the following day, enter the
particulars of the quantity and gravity of the
wort produced from each brewing, and also the
description and number of the vessel or vessels
into which the wort has been conveyed;

(f) when fermentation has commenced in any wort
before the brewer has entered the quantity and
gravity thereof in the book provided for that
purpose, the true original gravity of the wort before
fermentation shall be entered by the brewer;

(g) the brewer shall, at the time of making any
entry, insert the date when the entry is made;

(h) the brewer shall not cancel, obliterate or alter
any entry in the book, or make therein any entry
which is untrue in any particular;

(i) the brewer shall, if so required by the
Comptroller, send notice in writing containing
the required particulars to the proper Officer
forty-eight hours before his next brewing is
intended to take place.

(2) For any contravention of this section the brewer is
liable to a fine of four thousand dollars.

12. (1) Every brewer shall cause to be legibly painted with
oil colour, and keep so painted, on some conspicuous part of
every mash tun, underback, wort receiver, copper, heating tank,
cooler and collecting and fermenting vessel intended to be used
by him in his business, and on the outside of the door of every
room and place wherein any part of his business is to be carried
on, the name or initial letter or letters of the name of the vessel,
room or place, according to the purpose for which it is intended.

Marking of
vessels and
rooms and
positions of
vessels.

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(2) When more than one vessel, room or place is used
for the same purpose, all such vessels, rooms or places shall be
marked by progressive numbers.
(3) All mash tuns, underbacks, wort receivers, coppers,
heating tanks, coolers and collecting and fermenting vessels shall
be so placed and fixed as to admit of the contents being
accurately ascertained by gauge or measure and shall not be
altered in shape, position or capacity without two days’ previous
notice in writing to the proper Officer.
(4) For any contravention of this section the brewer is
liable to a fine of four thousand dollars.
13. Every brewer shall, before he begins to brew, make entry
in the required form of all premises, rooms, places and vessels
intended to be used by him for his business, specifying the
purpose for which each room, place and vessel is to be used, and
the mark by which it is distinguished. The brewer shall sign the
entry, and deliver it to the proper Officer.
14. (1) Every brewer who uses any description of sugar,
whether cane sugar, saccharum, glucose, or other saccharine
substance, or extract, or syrup (hereinafter referred to as “sugar”)
in the brewing of beer or in an authorised manufacture shall,
before he begins to store or use the same, make entry of a room
on his premises (hereinafter called a sugar store) for the purpose
of storing the same.
(2) The brewer shall not receive any sugar unless the
same is accompanied by an invoice from the seller showing the
marks on each package and the particulars of the description and
weight or quantity of the contents.
(3) All sugar received shall be deposited in the sugar
store and may not be removed except for use in brewing or in an
authorised manufacture.
(3A) Sugar removed from the sugar store shall be
accounted for by appropriate entries in the brewing book where
the sugar is used in brewing or in a separate record kept for the
purpose where the sugar is used in an authorised manufacture.

Entry of
premises.

Sugar store
and accounts
of sugar.
[45 of 1980].

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(4) Accounts may be taken, as the Comptroller may
direct, of every description of sugar received by a brewer, and the
brewer is hereby required to deliver to the proper Officer the
particulars of all sugar of each and every description in his
possession and every invoice relating thereto, and the brewer
shall thereafter deliver to the Officer all invoices relating to sugar
of every description subsequently received.
(5) The Officer shall keep an account of sugar of each and
every description received by the brewer, and shall debit the brewer
with the quantities specified in the invoices produced to him, and
credit the brewer with the quantities entered in the brewing book as
having been used in brewing or in the record referred to in
subsection (3A) as having been used in an authorised manufacture.
(6) If, on taking account of the stock at any time, the
quantity of any description of sugar in the possession of the
brewer exceeds the quantity of that description which ought,
according to the account kept by the Officer, to be in his
possession, the excess shall be forfeited; and if the quantity is less
than the quantity which ought, according to the account kept by
the Officer, to be in his possession, any deficiency above two per
cent on the total on the debit side of the account shall be deemed
to have been used in the brewing of beer without due entry in the
brewing book, and duty shall be charged in respect thereof as if
the deficiency had been so used.
(7) If any brewer has any sugar in his possession
elsewhere than in the sugar store or the mash tun or other vessel
entered for dissolving sugar, or in due course or removal thereto, or
refuses to produce invoices when so required, or uses any device to
prevent the Officer taking a true account of all sugar in his
possession, he is liable to a fine of two thousand dollars, and the
sugar found elsewhere than mentioned above is liable to seizure.

15. (1) A brewer shall not adulterate beer, or add any matter
or thing thereto (except finings for the purpose of clarification, or
other matter or thing sanctioned by the Minister) before the same
is delivered for consumption, and any beer found to be
adulterated or mixed with any other matter or thing (except as
mentioned above) in the possession of a brewer shall be forfeited,
and the brewer is liable to a fine of two thousand dollars.

Adulteration
of beer.
[45 of 1980].

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(2) A dealer in or retailer of beer shall not adulterate or
dilute beer or add any matter or thing thereto (except finings for
the purpose of clarification), and any beer found to be adulterated
or diluted or mixed with any other matter or thing (except
finings) in the possession of a dealer in or retailer of beer shall be
forfeited, and he is liable to a fine of two thousand dollars.
(3) The use of beer in the manufacture of shandy is not
a contravention of subsection (1).
16. (1) All grains in a mash tun must be kept untouched for
the space of one hour after the time entered in the book as the
time for the wort to be drawn off, or if not then drained one hour
after being drained, unless the Officer has attended and taken an
account of the grains.
(2) All wort shall be removed successively, and in the
customary order of brewing, to the underback, coppers, coolers
and collecting and fermenting vessels, and shall not be removed
from the last-mentioned vessels until an account has been taken
by the Officer, or until after the expiration of twenty-four hours
from the time at which the wort is collected in the vessels.
(3) When wort has commenced running into a collecting
or fermenting vessel, the whole of the produce of the brewing
shall be collected within twelve hours.
(4) When wort of different gravities are collected
together in any vessel for the charge account, the brewer shall
mix the wort thoroughly together so that a correct average sample
of the whole may be obtainable.
(5) For any contravention of this section the brewer is
liable to a fine of two thousand dollars.
17. (Repealed by Act No. 8 of 1996).
18. (1) Every brewer shall keep the total produce of a
brewing separate from the produce of any other brewing for the
space of twenty-four hours, unless an account of the first-mentioned
produce has been sooner taken by the Officer.
(2) He shall not mix the produce of one brewing with
that of any other brewing, except in his store vats or casks, unless

Operations in
course of
brewing.

Separation and
mixing of
brewings.

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he has given previous notice in writing to the proper Officer, and
he shall specify in writing the quantity and gravity of the wort
when mixed. However, a brewer having weak wort of a gravity
not exceeding twenty-five degrees may, if he thinks fit, reserve
the same for mixing with the produce of his next brewing, but in
such case he shall keep all the weak wort in the coppers, heating-
tanks or other vessels entered for the purpose.
(3) For any contravention of this section the brewer is
liable to a fine of four thousand dollars.

19. (1) An Officer may take such samples as he thinks
necessary of any wort or beer or materials for brewing in the
possession of any brewer.
(2) The brewer may, if he wishes, before any such
sample is taken, stir up and mix together all such wort, beer or
materials from which the sample is taken.
(3) Any Officer may at any time take samples of any
goods or commodities chargeable with any duty of Excise or
Customs, but if the samples are taken after duty has been
charged and paid on the goods or commodities, he shall pay for
the same, if demanded, at the current wholesale price of the
goods or commodities.

20. A brewer who conceals beer so as to prevent an Officer
from taking account thereof, commits an offence and is liable to
a fine of fifty thousand dollars, and the beer in respect of which
the offence is committed, shall be forfeited.

20A. (Repealed by Act No. 8 of 1996).

20B. (1) A brewer engaged in the manufacture of shandy
shall keep a record of the volume of all beer brewed by him and
used in the manufacture of shandy, and he shall produce the
record for inspection at the request of the Comptroller.
(2) A brewer who fails to comply with subsection (1) is
liable on summary conviction to a fine of four hundred and
eighty dollars.

Officer may
take samples.

Payment for
samples.

Penalty for
concealing beer,
etc.
[8 of 1996].

Brewer of
shandy to keep
record of
volume of
production.
[45 of 1980].

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21. (1) Every brewer shall provide and maintain sufficient
and just scales and weights and other necessary and reasonable
appliances to enable the Officers to take account of, or check by
weight, gauge or measure all materials and liquids used or
intended to be used or produced in brewing.
(2) He shall also render all necessary assistance to the
Officers in the taking of such accounts.
(3) He shall also, if required by the Officer, provide
sufficient lights, ladders and other conveniences.
(4) For every contravention of this section the brewer is
liable to a fine of four thousand dollars.
22. If any person exercising or carrying on a trade or
business under or subject to any law of excise and being required
to keep scales or weights or measures—
(a) in the weighing of his stock or any goods, uses or

suffers to be used any false, unjust or insufficient
scales or weight or measure with intent to defraud
the State of any duty of excise; or

(b) before or after the weighing of his stock or any
goods, puts or suffers to be put any other
substance thereto, whereby any Officer may be
hindered or prevented from taking a just and
true account,

he shall, for every such offence, be liable to a fine of four
thousand dollars, and the false, unjust or insufficient scales,
weights and measures shall be forfeited.
23. (1) Any Officer may at any time, either by day or night,
enter any part of the entered premises of a brewer to take an
account of the materials used or to be used in brewing and of the
wort and beer produced.
(2) If an Officer, after having demanded admission into the
entered premises of a brewer and declared his name and business at
any entrance or window thereof, is not immediately admitted,
the Officer, and any person acting in his aid, may at any time,
either by day or night (but at night only in the presence of a member

Brewer to
provide scales,
weights,
ladders, etc.

Use of unjust
weights or
measures.

Power of entry
and examination
by Officers.

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of the Police Service) break open any door or window of the
premises, or break through any wall thereof, for the purpose of
obtaining admission, and the brewer is liable to a fine of four
thousand dollars.

24. (1) If any Officer has reason to suspect that any private
or concealed pipe, or conveyance, or vessel, is kept or made use
of by a brewer, he may, either by day or night (but at night only
in the presence of a member of the Police Service) break open
any part of the premises of the brewer and forcibly enter therein,
and may break up the ground in or adjoining such premises, or
any wall thereof, to search for such private or concealed pipe or
conveyance or vessel.
(2) If the Officer finds any such pipe or conveyance, he
may enter in any house in the possession of any other person into
which the pipe or conveyance may lead, and may break up any
part of the house or premises, to search for the vessel
communicating with the pipe.
(3) Every such pipe, conveyance or vessel, and all beer,
wort or materials for brewing found therein shall be absolutely
forfeited, and the brewer is liable to a fine of four thousand dollars.
(4) If any damage is done in the search, and the search
is unsuccessful, the damage shall be made good.

25. If any person by himself, or by any person in his employ,
obstructs, hinders or molests an Officer in the execution of his
duty, or any person acting in the aid of the Officer, he is liable to
a fine of four thousand dollars.

26. There shall be allowed and paid in respect of beer on
which duty has been charged or paid and which is subsequently
exported from Trinidad and Tobago to foreign parts as
merchandise or shipped for use as ships’ stores, or deposited in a
private warehouse pending exportation or shipment as ships’
stores, or delivery therefrom, free of duty, for any other purpose
approved by the Minister, a drawback equal to the amount of duty
charged or paid on such beer.

Power to enter
and search for
concealed pipes,
etc.

Obstruction of
Officers.

Drawback on
beer exported.
[23 of 1952
4 of 1961
6 of 1991
8 of 1996].

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27. (1) Any person may export as merchandise or for use as
ships’ stores, any beer produced in Trinidad and Tobago, upon
giving notice in the required form to an Officer.
(2) The Officer at the port from which the beer is
shipped shall endorse on the notice a certificate of the quantity of
beer actually exported.

28. (1) An Officer may take a sample of beer from any cask
or package produced for shipment for the purpose of ascertaining
in the manner authorised by this Act the original gravity thereof.
(2) If the gravity so ascertained, or the quantity tested by
gauge or measure, is less than the gravity or quantity stated in the
declaration and notice delivered to the proper Officer, or, if the
declaration or notice contains any untrue statement, the brewer,
and also the person intending to export the beer, is liable to a fine
of two thousand dollars.

29. (1) The Customs Officer at the port from which the beer is
shipped shall endorse on the notice a certificate of the quantity of
beer actually exported, and, at the expiration of one month from the
date of the certificate, the proper Officer shall deliver to the exporter
or his agent a debenture, in the prescribed form, specifying the
amount of the drawback payable in respect of the beer.
(2) The debenture shall be presented to the Comptroller,
with a declaration endorsed thereon containing the prescribed
particulars, signed by the exporter; and the Comptroller shall
thereupon pay the exporter the amount specified in the debenture.
(3) Where a certificate of landing at the port of
destination is required, the certificate shall be delivered to the
Comptroller prior to the payment of the drawback.

30. (Repealed by Act No. 8 of 1996).

31. (1) A dealer in or retailer of beer shall not receive or have
in his custody or possession any sugar, saccharine substance, extract
or syrup (except for domestic use, the proof whereof lies on him),
or any preparation for increasing the gravity of beer.

Exportation of
brewery
products.
[8 of 1996].

Samples to
ascertain gravity
of beer for
export.
[8 of 1996].

Debenture for
payment of
drawback.

Prohibition
against
possession of
sugar and other
substances.

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(2) If a dealer in or retailer of beer receives or has in his
custody or possession any article in contravention of this section,
the article shall be forfeited, and he is liable to a fine of one
thousand dollars.
(3) This section shall not apply to sugar and other
preparations deposited, in conformity with section 14, in the
entered sugar store of a brewer, nor to sugar or syrup kept for sale
in the ordinary course of trade, where upon the same premises the
trade or business of a dealer in or retailer of beer is carried on.
32. (1) Whenever it appears to the satisfaction of the
Minister that any substance or liquor is, or is capable of being,
used in the manufacture or preparation for sale of any article
subject to a duty of excise, and that the substance or liquor is of
a noxious or detrimental nature, or, being a chemical or artificial
extract or product, may affect prejudicially the interests of the
revenue, the Minister may, by Notification, prohibit the use of the
substance or liquor in the manufacture or preparation for sale of
any article specified in the Notification, and by like Notification
to withdraw the prohibition at any time.
(2) If, after the publication of any such Notification of
prohibition in the Gazette, any person uses the substance or
liquor thereby prohibited in the manufacture or preparation for
sale of any article therein specified, he is liable to a fine of two
thousand dollars, and any such substance or liquor found in the
possession of any person licensed for the manufacture or for the
sale of the article, and also the article in the manufacture or
preparation whereof any such substance or liquor may have been
used, shall be forfeited.
33. (Repealed by Act No. 8 of 1996).
34. All materials imported by brewers for using in brewing
and admitted as such by the Comptroller shall be free of all duty
whatsoever imposed by any law; but any brewer who disposes of
any materials admitted free of duty otherwise than for brewing of
beer is liable to a fine of twenty-five thousand dollars in addition
to the amount of the duty payable on such materials.

Power to
prohibit use of
certain
substances in
excisable goods.

Exemption from
Customs duty.
[8 of 1996].

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34A. (1) On the written application of a brewer, the Minister
may by Order authorise the manufacture of any beverage on the
premises of the brewer under such terms and conditions as may
be contained in the Order.
(2) A brewer who fails to comply with any terms or
conditions contained in an Order made by the Minister under
subsection (1) is liable on summary conviction to a fine of
twenty-five thousand dollars.

34B. A brewer may for the purpose of an authorised
manufacture, use plant and equipment admitted free of duty for
the brewing of beer.

35. All offences under this Act may be prosecuted, and all
penalties incurred may be imposed or recovered, in the manner
provided by the Summary Courts Act.

Minister may
authorise
manufacture of
other beverages.
[45 of 1980
8 of 1996]

Use of duty-free
equipment in
authorised
manufacture.
[45 of 1980].

Penalties.

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SCHEDULE
TABLE TO BE USED IN DETERMINING THE ORIGINAL SPECIFIC
GRAVITY OF WORTS OF BEER BY THE DISTILLATION PROCESS

Section 8.

Degrees
of Spirit
Indica-
tion

Degrees
of original
specific
gravity

Degrees
of Spirit
Indica-
tion

Degrees
of original
specific
gravity

Degrees
of Spirit
Indica-
tion

Degrees
of original
specific
gravity

Degrees
of Spirit
Indica-
tion

Degrees
of original
specific
gravity

0.0
0.1
0.2
0.3
0.4
0.5
0.6
0.7
0.8
0.9
1.0
1.1
1.2
1.3
1.4
1.5
1.6
1.7
1.8
1.9
2.0
2.1
2.2
2.3
2.4
2.5
2.6
2.7
2.8
2.9
3.0
3.1
3.2
3.3
3.4
3.5
3.6
3.7
3.8
3.9
4.0

0.00
0.42
0.85
1.27
1.70
2.12
2.55
2.97
3.40
3.82
4.25
4.67
5.10
5.52
5.95
6.37
6.80
7.22
7.65
8.07
8.50
8.94
9.38
9.82
10.26
10.70
11.14
11.58
12.02
12.46
12.90
13.34
13.78
14.22
14.66
15.10
15.54
15.98
16.42
16.86
17.30

4.1
4.2
4.3
4.4
4.5
4.6
4.7
4.8
4.9
5.0
5.1
5.2
5.3
5.4
5.5
5.6
5.7
5.8
5.9
6.0
6.1
6.2
6.3
6.4
6.5
6.6
6.7
6.8
6.9
7.0
7.1
7.2
7.3
7.4
7.5
7.6
7.7
7.8
7.9
8.0
8.1

8.2
8.3
8.4
8.5
8.6
8.7
8.8
8.9
9.0
9.1
9.2
9.3
9.4
9.5
9.6
9.7
9.8
9.9
10.0
10.1
10.2
10.3
10.4
10.5
10.6
10.7
10.8
10.9
11.0
11.1
11.2
11.3
11.4
11.5
11.6
11.7
11.8
11.9
12.0
12.1
12.2

12.3
12.4
12.5
12.6
12.7
12.8
12.9
13.0
13.1
13.2
13.3
13.4
13.5
13.6
13.7
13.8
13.9
14.0
14.1
14.2
14.3
14.4
14.5
14.6
14.7
14.8
14.9
15.0
15.1
15.2
15.3
15.4
15.5
15.6
15.7
15.8
15.9
16.0

17.75
18.21
18.66
19.12
19.57
20.03
20.48
20.94
21.39
21.85
22.30
22.76
23.21
23.67
24.12
24.58
25.03
25.49
25.94
26.40
26.86
27.32
27.78
28.24
28.70
29.16
29.62
30.08
30.54
31.00
31.46
31.93
32.39
32.86
33.32
33.79
34.25
34.72
35.18
35.65
36.11

36.58
37.04
37.51
37.97
38.44
38.90
39.37
39.83
40.30
40.77
41.24
41.71
42.18
42.65
43.12
43.59
44.06
44.53
45.00
45.48
45.97
46.45
46.94
47.42
47.91
48.39
48.88
49.36
49.85
50.35
50.85
51.35
51.85
52.35
52.85
53.35
53.85
54.35
54.85
55.36
55.87

56.38
56.89
57.40
57.91
58.42
58.93
59.44
59.95
60.46
60.97
61.48
61.99
62.51
63.01
63.52
64.03
64.54
65.10
65.62
66.14
66.66
67.18
67.70
68.22
68.74
69.26
69.78
70.30
70.83
71.36
71.89
72.42
72.95
73.48
74.01
74.54
75.07
75.60

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SUBSIDIARY LEGISLATION

BREWERY (MANUFACTURE OF
BEVERAGES) ORDER
made under section 34A

1. This Order may be cited as the Brewery (Manufacture of
Beverages) Order.

2. The Minister hereby authorises the Caribbean
Development Company Limited to manufacture “VIMTO” and
“GINSENG UP” on the terms and conditions specified as
follows:
(a) the manufacturing process shall be submitted to

the Brewery Officer;
(b) twenty-four hours advance notice shall be

submitted to the Brewery Officer prior to the
commencement of the manufacturing process;

(c) the dissolving and collecting vessels shall be
clearly identified;

(d) the company shall keep a register and that
register shall show particulars pertaining to—

(i) the quantity and description of raw
materials imported or purchased locally;

(ii) the quantity and description of raw
materials issued for the manufacturing
process;

(iii) the quantity and description of the
finished product; and

(e) all operations shall be subject to the Brewery
Officer’s supervision.l

112/1990.

Citation.

Authority to
manufacture
beverages.

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[Subsidiary]

BREWERY (MANUFACTURE OF
BEVERAGES) ORDER
made under section 34A

1. This Order may be cited as the Brewery (Manufacture of
Beverages) Order.

2. In this Order, “Company” means Samba Brewing
Company and Winery.

3. (1) The Minister authorises the Company to
manufacture the following products for Pepsicola Trinidad
subject to the terms and conditions in subsection (2):
(a) Whiteways Peardrax (300 ml & 1L);
(b) Whiteways Cydrax (300 ml & 1L);
(c) Sorrel Fizz (300 ml);
(d) Mauby Fizz and Diet Mauby Fizz (300 ml);
(e) White Rock Ginger Ale (250 ml);
(f) White Rock Soda Water (250 ml); and
(g) White Rock Tonic Water (250 ml).
(2) In manufacturing the beverages referred to in
subsection (1), the Company shall comply with the following
terms and conditions:
(a) the manufacturing process shall be submitted to

the Brewery Officer;
(b) twenty-four hours advance notice shall be

submitted to the Brewery Officer prior to the
commencement of the manufacturing process;

(c) the dissolving and collecting vessels shall be
clearly identified;

(d) the Company shall keep a register and that
register shall show particulars pertaining to—

(i) the quantity and description of raw
materials received;

237/2011.

Citation.

Interpretation.

Authority to
manufacture
beverages.

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Brewery (Manufacture of Beverages) Order [Subsidiary]

(ii) the quantity and description of raw
materials issued for the manufacturing
process;

(iii) the quantity and description of the
finished product, after bottling; and

(e) all operations shall be subject to the Brewery
Officer’s supervision.

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[Subsidiary]

BREWERY (MANUFACTURE OF
BEVERAGES) ORDER
made under section 34A

1. This Order may be cited as the Brewery (Manufacture of
Beverages) Order.
2. In this Order, “Company” means the Samba Brewing
Company and Winery.
3. (1) The Minister authorises the Company to
manufacture the following products for Accolade Wines UK
Limited subject to the terms and conditions in subsection (2):
(a) Stones Ginger Beer [(275 ml) 4.8% of

alcohol]; and
(b) Stones Ginger Beer [(330 ml) 4.8% of alcohol].
(2) In manufacturing the beverages referred to in
subsection (1), the Company shall comply with the following
terms and conditions:
(a) the manufacturing process shall be submitted to

the Brewery Officer;
(b) twenty-four hours advance notice shall be

submitted to the Brewery Officer prior to the
commencement of the manufacturing process;

(c) the dissolving and collecting vessels shall be
clearly identified;

(d) the Company shall keep a register and that
register shall show particulars pertaining to—

(i) the quantity and description of raw
materials received;

(ii) the quantity and description of raw
materials issued for the manufacturing
process;

(iii) the quantity and description of the
finished product after bottling; and

(e) all operations shall be subject to the Brewery
Officer’s supervision.

24/2012.

Citation.

Interpretation.

Authority to
manufacture
beverages.

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