JMA awaiting word on sugar tax talks
Deputy President of the Jamaica Manufacturers’ Association (JMA) Metry Seaga, says the association has still not heard from the Ministry of Agriculture on the vexed issue of proposed tax on imported sugar.
The JMA is against the sugar cess.
Seaga says the association held discussions with the working group set up to deliberate on the issue and submitted a proposal weeks ago.
The association's deputy president says since that meeting there has been no word from the Agriculture Minister or the Agriculture Ministry on the matter.
Noting that the JMA is disappointed by the delay, Seaga says the association will not support a tax on imported refined sugar.
The government is reportedly looking at imposing a tax of US$35 per tonne of imported refined sugar.
The JMA insists that the tax will adversely affect manufacturers and producers, especially those in the beverage industry.