United Arab Emirates: UAE Imposes 50 percent Excise Tax on Sweetened Drinks

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The United Arab Emirates (UAE) will introduce a new excise tax targeting sweetened drinks beginning December 2019. Under this decree, sugar sweetened beverage products containing added sugar or sweeteners that are ready-to-drink, concentrates, gels, powders, extracts, or any form that can be converted into sugar sweetened beverage, will be subject to a 50 percent excise tax. In 2018, the value of U.S. beverage exports to the UAE were nearly $21 million dollars.

United Arab Emirates: UAE Imposes 50 percent Excise Tax on Sweetened Drinks

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