President Buhari Approves Hike in Excise Duty for Alcoholic Beverages, Tobacco

President Buhari Approves Hike in Excise Duty for Alcoholic Beverages, Tobacco

From on Monday, 4th June, 2018, there will be a new excise duty rates for alcoholic beverages and tobacco. This came in as  President Muhammadu Buhari has approved an amendment for it last week. Well a grace of about three months which is the equivalent of 90 days to all manufacturers in the country before the commencement of the new excise duty regime. PMB is working o. According to report, the purpose for this exercise, is to increase in excise duty of other locally excisable products.

The Minister of Finance Mrs. Kemi Adeosun,made this known on Sunday in Abuja, stating that the new excise duty rates is meant to span over a three-year period from 2018 to 2020 in order to moderate the impact on prices of the products in the country. According to her, before the new excise duty ammendment was reached, there was a stakeholders engagements by the Tariff Technical Committee of the Federal Ministry of Finance with key industry stakeholders. So everyone affected by this new excise amendment is aware.

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Mrs Kemi while addressing newsmen on Sunday said the upward review of the excise duty rates for alcoholic beverages and tobacco was actually meant  to achieve a dual benefit of raising the Government’s fiscal revenues and reducing the health hazards which actually associated with tobacco-related diseases and alcohol abuse.

Mrs Kemi said “The Tariff Technical Committee (TCC) recommended the slight adjustment in the excise duty charges after cautious considerations of the Government’s Fiscal Policy Measures for 2018 and the reports of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund Technical Assistance Mission on Nigeria’s Fiscal Policy.

“The effect of the excise duty rates adjustment on trade and investment was also assessed by the Federal Ministry of Trade and Investment and it adopted the recommendations of the TTC.

“Furthermore, peer country comparisons were also carried out showing Nigeria as being behind the curve in the review of excise duty rates on alcoholic beverages and tobacco.”

She also disclosed that based on the President’s approval of  the new excise duty rate on tobacco. it is now a combination of the existing ad-valorem base rate and specific rate while the ad-valorem rate was replaced with a specific rate for alcoholic beverages.

she went on to add, “For Alcoholic Beverages, the current ad-valorem rate will be replaced with specific rates and spread over three years to moderate the impact on prices. This will curb the discretion in the Unit Cost Analysis (UCA) for determining the ad-valorem rate and prevent revenue leakages.

“For Tobacco, the Government will maintain the current ad-valorem rate of 20 per cent and introduce additional specific rates with the implementation to be spread over a three-year period to also reasonably reduce the impact on prices.”

With this new policy which is Under the newly approved excise duty rates for tobacco in addition to the 20 per cent ad-valorem rate, each stick of cigarette will attract a N1 specific rate per stick (N20 per pack of 20 sticks) in 2018, N2 specific rate per stick (N40 per pack of 20 sticks) in 2019 and N2.90k specific rate per stick (N58 per pack of 20 sticks) in 2020.

The Minister for finance went on to explain that Nigeria’s cumulative specific excise duty rate for tobacco was 23.2 per cent of the price of the most sold brand, as against 38.14 per cent in Algeria, 36.52 per cent in South Africa and 30 per cent in Gambia. So there was need to change the existing policy.

The new specific excise duty rate for alcoholic beverages cuts across Beer & Stout, Wines and Spirits for the three years 2018 to 2020 according to her.

Under the new regime, Beer & Stout would attract N0.30k per centiliter (Cl) in 2018 and N0.35k per Cl each in 2019 and 2020.

Wines would attract N1.25k per Cl in 2018 and N1.50k per Cl each in 2019 and 2020, while N1.50k per Cl was approved for Spirits in 2018, N1.75k per Cl in 2019 and N2.00k per Cl in 2020.

The Minister added that the new excise duty regimes are in line with the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) directive on the harmonisation of member-states’ legislations on excise duties so all stakeholders have nothing to worry about or fear.

We can all remember that during the ECOWAS Council of Ministers meeting they had at its 62nd and 79th Ordinary Sessions in Abuja in May 2009 and December 2017, respectively, issued directives on the harmonisation of the ECOWAS Member States’ Legislations on Excise Duties.

Which means that the new directives will seek to harmonise member-states’ legislations on excise duties of non-oil products and also stipulate the scope of application, the rate of taxation, taxable event and amount etc.

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