New Tax for Honduran Coffee Producers

For each 100 lbs of coffee exported, the growers must pay the Honduran Institute of Coffee another $1 in addition to the $9 they already pay.

Friday, June 26, 2009

The new export tax that all coffee growers must pay represents $4.7 million of revenue for the Honduran Institute of Coffee (Ihcafe) for the 2008-2009 harvest.

According to an article by Wendy Mejia on, Asterio Reyes, member of Ihcafe said: “This extra dollar is for a loan that the state of Honduras made to Ihcafe, when the price for a 100 lbs of coffee was at $46 on the international market and were at the point of losing our farms. So we have made the commitment to pay an extra dollar for each 100 lbs exported to service our debt.” The loan was granted by the State of Honduras in October of 2008. The article also stated that, “The State gave Ihcafe the right to use the loan to support small producers and the purchase of fertilizers.”

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