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Sri Lanka triples Maldive fish tax, dried fish doubled as Covid-19 fears hit fisheries

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka has tripped a tax on Maldive fish imported from its South Asia neighbour and also raised a tax on fresh fish 30 per cent as a Coronavirus outbreak from a fish-market reduced domestic demand.

A special commodity levy on Maldives fish was almost tripled to 302 rupees a kilogram from 102 rupees while with effect from October 27 for six months, a gazette notice said.

Sri Lanka can raise taxes by midnight gazette literally while people are sleeping, increasing uncertainty

A tax on fresh fish and fillets was raised by 50 rupees to 200 rupees a kilogram.

A tax on dried fish was raised from an earlier 52 rupees a kilogram to 127 rupees a kilogram imposed on October 27.

A special commodity levy on sprats was unchanged at 1 rupee a kilogram.

These taxes came in as a cluster among fish traders at a wholesale market led to thousands of infections in Colombo and Gampaha districts and in all districts of the country.

Hundreds of infections have also been found in fishery harbour workers and customers who bought fish.

Health officials have said to cook fish as infections of traders may survive in fish as fish prices plunged.

The gazette notice also extended a 200 rupee import tax on mangosteens till for 6-months, and the 175 rupees per kilogram tax on kiwifruit.Colombo/Nov05/2020)





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