Angola prepares introduction of eco-tax

27 July 2018

The production/import of plastics, tyres and batteries in Angola will be subject to an eco-tax of between 0.25 percent and 0.90 percent of the product’s value under a proposed law being drawn up by a technical group led by the Ministry of the Environment, the respective state secretary indicated.

The proposal was presented on Thursday by that group with a view to gathering input from civil society and entrepreneurs so the document can be improved. It is expected to take effect in 2019, following approval by Parliament.

The State Secretary for the Environment, Joaquim Manuel, said that charging the eco-tax would bring in revenue that can be used to reorganise solid waste in Angola, besides directing what is still produced in the country, reports Angop news agency.

The eco-tax is meant to guide producers in efforts toward “environment-friendly” production, Manuel said. Importers will likewise be encouraged to introduce products that are easy to process after use.

The proposal envisages levying taxes of 0.25 percent on the production or import value of plastic packaging, 0.70 percent on batteries, 0.80 percent on tyres, 0.70 percent on electric and electronic products, 0.50 percent on oils and 0.90 percent on vehicles. (Macauhub)