Tax on sweet drinks


The government has imposed a new tax to encourage Barbadians to consume less sugar.

Effective August 1, a 10 per cent excise tax will be applied to the cost of locally produced and imported sweetened beverages such as carbonated soft drinks, juice drinks, sports drinks, and fruit juices.

The tax will be levied on the value of the product before the Value Added Tax (VAT) is applied.

“Beverages containing intrinsic sugars only such as 100 percent natural fruit juice, coconut water, plain milk, evaporated milk will not be subject to the excise tax,” said Finance Minister Chris Sinckler as he delivered the national budget.

He noted that the measure which is expected to generate in excess of $10 million in revenue this fiscal year will be reviewed in another two years to determine how it affected the behaviours of producers, importers and consumers and whether it should be extended or intensified.


10 Responses to Tax on sweet drinks

  1. Mac10 June 15, 2015 at 7:56 pm

    But nothing about demanding the lowering of sugar in produce?

  2. Tony Waterman June 15, 2015 at 8:12 pm

    @Mac 10!!!!! if he did something about lowering the Sugar in the Drinks, then he wont be able to collect his estimated $10m in revenues, the Man not as stupid as we think.

  3. jus me June 15, 2015 at 11:05 pm

    Ho Hum!!
    Wake up..
    We does load dem drink wid sugar anyways.

  4. Alex Alleyne June 16, 2015 at 5:58 am

    Pine Hill will now do something about the “syrup” they sell and call it JUICE.

  5. Alex Alleyne June 16, 2015 at 6:00 am

    LINDA, Bajans too busy , don’t have the time to do such .

  6. Sue Donym June 16, 2015 at 9:53 am

    Who said:
    I don’t drink dem now.
    Just talking facts
    So de rest a wunnah
    Could hold dah tax!

  7. Patrick Blackman June 16, 2015 at 9:55 am

    This should have been captured under a National Health policy not through a budget instrument.


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