Zambia government reverses 10% maize export duty

The Zambian government has reversed the 10% export duty on raw maize following an outcry from farmers. The duty was ostensibly imposed to encourage value addition and job creation. Farmers relentlessly fought against the tax, describing it as a major policy inconsistency that will discourage increased grain productivity. Zambian National…

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Government challenges farmers on maize export duty

President Edgar Lungu has challenged farmers to produce more to get a waiver on the 10% maize export duty. “We introduced the export tax on maize exports to preserve food security and not as a measure of revenue collection. Therefore, farmers must invest heavily to produce more maize for local…

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Zambian government slashes timber export duty by 75%; farmers press for removal of export duty on maize

The Zambian government has cut the excise duty on unprocessed and semi-processed timber by 75%. This emboldened farmers to ask that the 10% export duty on raw maize also be waived. According to the Statutory Instrument (SI) 40 effected on June 2, 2017, unprocessed and semi-processed wood products will now…

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ZNFU claims cartel behind export charges

The Zambia National Farmers Union (ZNFU) says a powerful cartel is behind the 10% maize export duty. “The cartel wants to control agriculture marketing,” said ZNFU president Jervis Zimba. According to him, the cartel misled government to impose the tax, which gave them an opportunity to make astronomical profits, while…

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