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Cuba Resumes Taxes On Imported Food

Cuba Resumes Taxes On Imported Food

June 19, 2012 12:30 PM

HAVANA, June 19 (Bernama) — Cuba on Monday reimposed taxes on imported

food after an exemption four years ago when the island country was

ravaged by devastating hurricanes.

The General Customs Office of Cuba previously announced the new

regulation on its official website on June 1, stating that imported food

had been taxed since 1979 but the levy was suspended in 2008 when

powerful hurricanes Gustav, Ike and Paloma caused great damage to its

agriculture.

Cubans living in the United States and visiting the island frequently to

bring back food supplies for their families have benefited most from the

exemption, Xinhua news agency quoted experts as saying.

It also greatly benefited the owners of thousands of restaurants and

coffee shops throughout the island since October 2010 as a result of the

economic reforms promoted by President Raul Castro.

http://www.bernama.com/bernama/v6/newsindex.php?id=674008

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