Peru Enacts Sugar Tax

May 11, 2018 Taxation in Peru

can of cokeLIMA – Peru joins the list of nations levying a tax on sugary drinks.

On May 10th the government of Peru announced that it will implement significant new taxes on sugary drinks, and a handful of other products regarded as being bad for the nation’s health.

Sugary drinks with more than 6 grams of sugar per 100 ml will see a tax of 25 percent, while drinks with less sugar will see a reduced rate of 17 percent.

The tax will apply not only to sugar-sweetened beverages, non-alcoholic beers, and juice drinks.

Exemptions from the new tax will be granted to pharmaceutical drinks and enriched milk products aimed at mothers and babies.

Similar tax hikes will also be enacted on alcoholic drinks, tobacco products, and gasoline.

The new measures are aimed at combating the rising instances of obesity and cancer among citizens.

Research on children in Peru has indicated that as many as a third of boys in the country and a quarter of girls are overweight.

The research also found that unlike in many other countries, the children of wealthy families are the ones more likely to be overweight, compared to the children of lower-income families.