Costa Rica: "Green" Tax on Plastic Containers

The food industry has opposed the proposal by Solis administration to levy a tax on non-returnable plastic containers, as a measure to discourage their use.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

José Manuel Hernando, President of the Costa Rican Chamber of the Food Industry, explained that "... "It is totally wrong to think that more expensive products are transported in this type of material, citizens who throw their trash in the street will stop doing so, or municipalities will do their job better in terms of cleaning and waste collection. The measure will simply mean a higher cost of living for Costa Ricans.This kind of problem must be addressed with other programs such as those already being run by much of the food and beverage industry in collecting and recycling garbage and plastic material. We do not agree with this disformation given to the population which makes them think that a tax of this nature will change a problem that is being solved with completely different measures.'"

From a statement issued by the Costa Rican Chamber of the Food Industry (CACIA):

• Slowing consumption for several months threatens household budgets.
• Industrialists lament proposed new tax on plastic, necessary to deliver the product to the consumer.

August 2015. After the announcement of new taxes by the government, the reactions were not waited for by entrepreneurs in the Costa Rican Chamber of Food Industry (CACIA), who flatly rejected the idea of ​​imposing new tax burdens on the already beaten budgets of Costa Rican families.

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Food Industry Calls for Better Government

June 2016

In Costa Rica businesses are demanding that the government focus less on the approval of new taxes and more on solving the problems of infrastructure and red tape.

From a statement issued by the Costa Rican Chamber of Food Industry (CACIA):

Costa Rica: Industrials ask for the elimination of bans on food imports

June 2015

According to the food industry chamber, the import ban on certain food products "does not conform to principles of reasonableness, technical criteria and political neutrality."

In a new attempt to reason with the authorities of the Ministry of Agriculture and the State Phytosanitary Service, the Costa Rican Chamber of the Food Industry (Cacia) asked President Solis to intervene to lift obstacles that have been imposed on the import of raw materials such as "... honey, potatoes, some varieties of spices, pork, fish, green bananas and jalapenos ..." as they are having problems entering the country.

Costa Rica: NO to VAT Increase and YES to Lower Public Spending

November 2014

The productive sectors are pointing out the negative effects of the planned increase from 13% to 15% in Value Added Tax, and insist on the need to resolve the fiscal problem by cutting state spending.

According to representatives of the productive sector, an increase in Value Added Tax (VAT) will have a negative effect on the economy.

Food Industry Says NO to More Taxes

November 2013

The Costa Rican Chamber of Food Industry notes that new taxes will lead to the informalisation of the activity.

From a press release by the Costa Rican Chamber of Food Industry (CACIA):

An encouragement to informal work and unemployment, is how the Costa Rican Chamber of Food Industry, CACIA, sees the proposed Fiscal Consolidation Programme of the Government, as part of an economic situation which is in no way adequate for the collection of taxes.

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