Bottlenecks Choke Desperate Water Bottlers

Industrial water bottlers have lodged complaints and a plea for assistance before the authorities at the Ministry of Trade & Industry, claiming that issues with foreign currency shortages and disruptions in the supply of raw materials have placed them in dire straits.

The industry's complaints were submitted to the Ministry through the Ethiopian Bottled Water, Soft Drink, Fruits & Vegetable Processing Industries Association, run by Getnet Belay. Leaders of the Association, which is comprised of 83 members, have also filed their complaints with the Customs Commission, claiming taxation imposed on importing raw materials is "unfair," Ashenafi Merid, the Association's general manager, disclosed to Fortune.

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