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Ministry to submit rubber tax proposal

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Latex is harvested at a local rubber plantation. KT/Ven Rathavong

In a bid to attract more investors to the sector, the Ministry of Agriculture is working on a proposal to reduce taxes on rubber exports.

Agriculture Minister Veng Sakhon said one of the points included in the proposal is that shipments valued at less than $2,000 per ton should not be taxed.

Currently, the government levies $50 in tax duty per ton of rubber exported if it is priced between $1,000 and $2,000 per ton. $100 is charged if the value exceeds $2,000 per ton. Shipments of rubber valued at less than $1,000 per ton are not taxed.

The proposal will be submitted to Prime Minister Hun Sen in the near future, the minister said.

The ministry’s proposal seeks to appease players in the rubber industry, who for years have demanded that the government reduce taxes to bring down production costs.

Lim Heng, vice-president of An Mady Group, a company that owns rubber plantations in the Kingdom, welcomed the move.

“If approved, this proposal will help the rubber sector a lot by reducing production costs. Right now, we are working with very small profit margins,” Mr Heng said. “Revising taxes on rubber exports will help companies in the sector survive.

“The government has recently announced other initiatives that will help the sector, such as taking Camcontrol officials out of the border,” he added.

There are 129 companies involved in the rubber business in Cambodia, 30 of which are harvesting and exporting rubber.

Figures from the Ministry of Agriculture show that from January to October rubber exports amounted to 161,527 tonnes, an increase of 23 percent compared to the same period in 2017.

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