Price reductions in vital products
December 31, 2015 3:06 am
2016 will start off on a high note for all Fijians with reductions in the prices of fuel, flour and sharp.
Trade Minister Faiyaz Koya has announced the drop in prices based on the new Value Added Tax rate which kicks in from midnight.
The price of flour, sharp and bakers flour has decreased by an average of five percent across the board, triggered by the VAT rate coming down from fifteen percent to nine percent.
The new prices also mean a drop in the price of related products – breakfast crackers costs reductions range from between eight cents to one dollar thirty six cents.
Come tomorrow morning, the bread will cost on average, five point two – two percent less than current prices.
Motorists also have something to look forward to there is a significant reduction in fuel prices across the board.
Only kerosene prices have increased from one dollar twenty five cents to one dollar thirty five cents per litre.
Liquid Petroleum Gas or LPG prices see a reduction ranging from five cents to one dollar twenty cents.
Fuel retailers also benefit with the mark up increasing from four percent to four point five percent.
Trade and Industry Minister Faiyaz Koya says the reductions are attributed to the government decision to reduce VAT rate from 15% to 9%, effective from midnight.
Officers from Fiji Commerce Commission will be carrying out the monitoring exercise and any trader found to be in breach of the orders by charging a higher prices be issued with a spot fine ranging from $100-$1000 for a person and $1000-$3000 for a business.