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Bangladesh frozen food exporters seek tax cut in upcoming budget
Bangladesh frozen food exporters seek tax cut in upcoming budget

Bangladesh frozen food exporters seek tax cut in upcoming budget

DHAKA: Bangladesh frozen foods exporters want tax at source to be slashed to 0.3% from the existing 0.6% in the next fiscal year’s budget.

They said the tax cut is necessary for the sector to stay competitive in the global market. The exporters said they sought the tax benefits as the production cost went up due to lack of sufficient supply of shrimps.

The sector people can now utilise only 15% of the installed capacity as they did not have enough supply of shrimps.

The fluctuation of exchange rates and devaluation of euro, ruble and yen against US dollars leave them in tougher competition in the global market, according to the insiders.

Bangladesh Frozen Foods Exporters Association placed a set of demands before the National Board of Revenue for the upcoming budget. The demands were placed through the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry.

The NBR will hold a pre-budget meeting with the sector representatives this week to discuss the issues and to hear the logic for cut in tax at source.

BFFEA also demanded withdrawal of 5% advance income tax on cash incentive for frozen foods export.

The organisation demanded withdrawal of 4% VAT on packing materials, fuel and lubricant, chemical and detergent, ice purchase and uniform and liveries, and 4.5% VAT waiver on carriage inwards and outwards.

BFFEA urged the government to withdraw 15% VAT on fuel and lubricant, repair and maintenance, travelling and conveyance, staff’s food, courier and postage, printing and stationery and survey fees.

“We want 0.3% tax at source to remain competitive in the global market.”

According to the Export Promotion Bureau data, Bangladesh earned $536m exporting frozen and fresh fish in the last fiscal year, which was 5.68% lower compared to $568m in the previous year.

The country fetched $358m by exporting fresh and frozen fish in the July-January period of the FY2016-17, which is 3.89% less compared to $372m in the same period a year ago.