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BUDGET 2018: Cheaper Imported Fruits and Vegetables, Promote Healthy Lifestyle and Fight NCDs

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BUDGET 2018: Cheaper Imported Fruits and Vegetables, Promote Healthy Lifestyle and Fight NCDs Fresh fruits and vegetables

Government has reduced the fiscal import duties on fruits and vegetables from five per cent to 0 per cent in the 2018-2019 National Budget.

This is in support of ongoing efforts to encourage healthy lifestyles, prolong longevity in Fiji and to combat the non-communicable diseases.

Zero duty has been applied to:

– apples, grapes, oranges, pears, kiwi fruits, strawberries, apricot, peaches, plum, grapefruit, raspberries, cranberries, pomegranate, carrots, mixed vegetables, celery, capsicums, mushrooms, asparagus, leeks, spinach, cauliflower, broccoli and Brussels sprout.

There will also be reduction of fiscal import duty on tea from 5 per cent to 0 per cent.

However, imported carbonated and sweetened drinks will impose a higher specific duty of $2 per litre and an increase in local excise and import excise duty on cigarettes, tobacco and alcohol by 15 per cent.

Meanwhile, the medical investment Incentives Regulations will be amended to include hospitals under Public-Private Partnership (PPP) arrangements, enabling investors to enjoy the incentives and concessions under the medical investment incentives package.

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