COPS Indicator 9: Taxes on Sugary Drinks (SSBs)
|1||Antigua and Barbuda||St. Lucia News Online Article - 'Antigua PM Browne presents budget, warns tax dodgers' |
While presenting the 2019/2020 budget Prime Minister Gaston Browne announced that taxes will be introduced on sugar-sweetened beverages in 2019.
|2||Bahamas||There has been public discussion in the Bahamas about a potential sugary drinks tax but, thus far no taxes have been development or implemented. |
Supporting Evidence: National Health Insurance Authority Public Consultation.
|6||Dominica||Excise tax on soft drinks (XCD 0.20 per litre) and energy drinks (10%). Year of implementation: 2015 : Government of Dominica. Excise tax (amendment)||Implemented||http://www.dominica.gov.dm/laws/2015/Excise%20Tax%20%20(Amd)%20Order,%202015.pdf||1|
|7||Grenada||The Government has announced that, from February 1, 2023, VAT on carbonated beverages, soft drinks/sodas, and drinks with added sugar will be raised from 15 percent to 20 percent. |
Supporting Evidence: 2023 Budget Statement
|8||Guyana||While there has been a call for such action no tax has been implemented. There has been some pushback from local beverage companies. |
Supporting Evidence: Fighting obesity with soda tax: https://guyanatimesgy.com/fighting-obesity-with-soda-tax/
Supporting Evidence: Education about NCDs first before sugar tax is considered – Public Health Minister.
|9||Haiti||No tax |
Supporting Evidence: Haiti Nutrition Profile.
|10||Jamaica||Not currently being implemented but there is talk of considering a tax on SSBs : Jamaica Gleaner Article 'Jamaica Considering To Impose Taxes On Sugary Drinks'||Not Implemented||http://jamaica-gleaner.com/article/news/20170707/jamaica-considering-impose-taxes-sugary-drinks||1|
|11||Saint Kitts and Nevis||There is evidence that an SSB tax is under development. The Ministry of Health held consultations in November 2018 and April 2019 to inform the public and key stakeholders of a proposed SSB policy and to get their feedback on it. From these consultations. it was decided that a 32% excise tax should be levied on SSBs. Revenue from this tax is to go towards health promotion and innovation measures such as public health campaigns and the provision water fountains and healthier meals to schools, among other things. The policy still needs to be approved by Cabinet. |
GREEN PAPER ON UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE FOR THE FEDERATION OF ST. KITTS AND NEVIS
Wage deductions, increased new taxes to sustain Universal Healthcare
We Attended the Ministry of Health’s SSB Focus Group
Exploring the Impact of Sugar Sweetened Beverages
|12||Saint Lucia||Not Implemented||1|