More Taxes on Sugary Beverages

In Panama, a proposal is being discussed that seeks to increase from 5% to 8% the Selective Consumption Tax on soft drinks, carbonated beverages, processed juices and other sugary beverages.

Friday, October 26, 2018 reports that "... The vice president of Corporate Affairs of the National Brewery, and representative of the Industrial Union of Panama (SIP), Juan Antonio Fabrega, warned last Tuesday that jobs generated by the industry of sugary beverages could be reduced, if the Selective Excise Tax is increased from 5 to 8%, as established by Law 570, which will be discussed today in the first debate in the Economy and Finance Commission of the National Assembly."

See "Fruit and Vegetable Juices: Purchases increase 4%"

The 8% tax on the price would affect imported beverages or those produced in the country, among which are sparkling or carbonated beverages, processed and packaged fruit juices and non-natural energy drinks.

Regarding the issue, on October the 24th the National Assembly reported that in the first debate the Project of Law No.570 was approved, which establishes the selective tax on the consumption of sugary beverages, after extensive consultations with the private sector, Health, MEF, CSS and other agents, in the Commission of Economy and Finances.

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The initiative emphasizes that it is evident that the high prevalence of obesity in our population is due, in part, to the consumption of these beverages that are ultimately reflected in increased rates of diseases such as diabetes and cancer, the statement said.

See Project of Law 570.

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