Sugar Import: Slightly Low Tariff

Following an appeal filed by the importing company La Maquila Lama with the Costa Rican authorities, the government decided to reduce the additional tax on sugar purchased abroad from 34.27% to 27.68%.

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

With the reduction decreed by the Ministry of Economy, Industry and Commerce (MEIC), a decision that was published on August 18 in The Gazette, the total tax applied to imported sugar will be 72.68% (45% original plus 27.68% of the safeguard), which is slightly less than the 79.27% (45% original plus 34.27%), which was in force until before the enacted amendment.

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The publication of The Gazette details that "... In accordance with the arguments analyzed in the consideration part of the present resolution: The appeal presented by the representative of the company La Maquila Lama is partially declared to be valid, only regarding the aspect of the calculation of the safeguard duty, maintaining in the others Resolution No. DM-058-20 of 12:05 p.m. on June 15, 2020."

72.68% will be calculated "... on the CIF value, of all imports of sugar in solid, granulated form, known as white sugar that is used for domestic and industrial consumption, including plantation, special and refined white sugars, regardless of origin (MFN principle), which in accordance with the Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System (HS) enter Costa Rica under Tariff Item 1701.99.00.00", states the official document.

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After being informed of the ruling, Juan Carlos Sandoval, general manager of La Maquila Lama, told Nacion.com that "... they will take the case to the Contentious and Administrative Court, possibly next week. This judicial action will be followed by a request for a precautionary measure, that is, to suspend the MEIC's decision while the investigation of the case is carried out".

See full publication in The Gazette (in Spanish).

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