The plastic levy will be increased from 20 cents to 50 cents on LDPE (Low-Density Polyethylene) plastic bags effective from 1 January 2020.
With governments continued commitment to combat plastic pollution and climate change ,the government has also decided to completely phaseout of styrofoam containers by 1st Jan 2021.
The plastic bag levy applicable on plastics with handles was introduced at a rate of 10 cents per bag in the 2017-2018 Budget and applied at all entities with Point of Sale Systems effective from 1 August 2017.
The Levy is not imposed on a manufacturer, wholesaler or retailer of plastic bags.
In the 2018-2019 Budget, there was a further increase in plastic bag levy to 20 cents per bag and it was also announced that single use plastics will be banned in Fiji from 2020.
Fiscal import duty on non-woven bags will also be increased from 15% to 32%.
Fiscal import duty on biodegradable kitchenware and tableware will be reduced from 32% to 0%.
Fiscal import duty on biodegradable and environmentally friendly cleaning chemicals and detergents will be reduced from 32% to 0%.
A 10% Environment Climate Adaptation Levy (ECAL) will be imposed on the importation of the goods such as smart phones; air conditioners; freezer/refrigerator; television; washing machines; dryers; dishwashers; electric stoves; microwaves; and electric lawn mowers.