The Government is firmly committed to the removal of duties and taxes in the agriculture sector, including approved chemicals, pest control, approved vehicles, approved vessels and equipment.
The recent problems facing importers are restricted to herbicides imported in packages in sizes less than 6 kilograms. The current 20% customs duty on this category of herbicides arises from a March 2015 decision by the previous UNC government to remove the duty free concessions on these herbicides and replace them with a 20% duty. The change did not give the discretion to the Ministry of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries to approve duty free concessions for herbicides. Accordingly, because of the changes agreed to by the UNC Government, importers of herbicides in packages not exceeding 6 kilograms are required to pay a 20% duty.
The Ministry of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries is currently reviewing the options available to the Government to bring this March 2015 change in line with the proposals to make all approved chemicals for use in agriculture duty free.
- Senator the Honourable Clarence Rambharat
Minister of Agriculture Land and Fisheries
13 June, 2016