Tea industry demands review of the new levy
23 November 2012, 10:44
Nairobi - Conflict between the tea industry regulator and stakeholders over the introduced tea levy early this year is far from over as the East African Tea Trade Association (EATTA) demanded a review of the one percent Ad Valorem levy imposed on the total custom value of the tea at the point of sale at the Mombasa Tea auctions.
The Association’s chairman Peter Kimanga argued that the levy gazetted on January 27, should be reduced to 0.25 percent adding the increase was hurting the tea farmers especially the small scale farmers who contribute 60 percent of the country’s total tea production, Capital News reports.
Before the new levy, tea farmers paid a levy of 46 cents per kilo of tea sold at auction.
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