Tanzania waives 15 per cent import duty on industrial sugar

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Giving relief to the industrial user, Tanzania waives a 15 per cent tax on import sugar for use in industries. The step was taken to improve the ease of doing business in the country. The move comes after the various business people in the country raise concern over sugar import duty.

Tanzania Revenue Authority commissioner Alphayo Kidata said, “From 1 July 2021 the requirement of 15 per cent will be waived and this is by recent tax reforms.”

Earlier government had imposed a duty on sugar to stop the competition in the domestic industry as unscrupulous traders were misusing commodity by selling it on the local market for domestic use.

Industrial sugar is used as a key raw material for various food, beverage and pharmaceutical production enterprises in the country.

Tanzania has also begun importing sugar from Uganda to meet the domestic need of the commodity in the country. Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni had earlier praised Tanzania for allowing the smooth import of sugar from his country.

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