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  • Tariff barriers

     
     

    The world’s leading coffee importing countries/regions (United States, Canada, European Union and Japan) do not levy any import duties on green coffee imports. The US and Canada also do not levy import duties on processed coffee (roasted, soluble).  The Russian Federation no longer levies any general import tariff on green coffee imports but roasted coffee imports are rated at 10% with a minimum of € 0.20 per kg. 

    European Union Member Countries apply different import regimes for processed coffee, depending on an individual producing country’s status in terms of the Generalised System of Preferences or GSP*, Economic Partnership Agreements or EPA’s, or Bilateral Trade Agreements. For information on selected individual import country regimes visit www.ecf-coffee.org and look for their 2009 Annual Report under Publications.

    Alternatively visit http://www.exporthelp.europa.eu/index_en.html 

    VAT or Value Added Tax is levied on both roasted and soluble coffee sales by most European countries with the percentage ranging from 5.5% in France to 25% in Denmark.  Of course these are internal taxes and do not directly concern exporters but it is nevertheless useful to know. Excise duties are also levied by Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Latvia and Romania. For a full list see the ECF 2009 Annual Report as well. 

    Japan and Switzerland 

    Tariffs on processed coffee in Japan and Switzerland 

    Country/Area 

    Roasted 

    Decaffeinated, roasted 

    Soluble 

    Japan 

    20% general 

    20% general 

    12.3% general 

    12% WTO 

    12% WTO 

      8.8% WTO 

    10% GSP or 0% LDC  

    10% GSP or 0% LDC  

        9.0% GSP 

    Switzerland ** 

    0.69 CHF/kg MFN 

    0.69 CHF/kg MFN 

    1.82 CHF/kg MFN 

     

    0.47 CHF/kg GSP 

    0.47 CHF/kg GSP 

    1.27 CHF/kg GSP 

     

    0% LDC 

    0% LDC 

    0% LDC 

    NB: ICO Document ICC 105-7 Rev 1 provides information on Import duties and VAT cum Excise duties in numerous importing countries. The same document also provides details of taxes (export and import) levied on coffee in a large number of producing countries. 

    *GSP – the Generalised System of Preferences is a specific additional measure aimed at the lowering of tariffs for imports from developing countries. It formally exempts WTO member countries from MFN for the purpose of lowering tariffs for developing countries, without also doing so for developed countries. The preferential GSP tariff rates are beneficial but still present a barrier in the majority of coffee importing countries.. LDC stands for Least Developed Country 

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