Plastic bags are going to cost tens cents from February 15, although the Reform Green Taxes enter into force on Thursday, said on Tuesday the Ministry of Environment.
“Under the reform of the Green Taxation, all light plastic bags become subject to a contribution of eight cents plus VAT [ie 10 cents]. The directive regulating the entry into force of this standard provides for a transitional period, “the Ministry of Environment, Spatial Planning and Energy.
This transitional period of 30 days, gives” more adaptability to the new rules by the whole chain of production, distribution and marketing of plastic bags, as well as the sale of stocks and raw materials, in line with what the industry has defended “, considers the Ministry led by Jorge Moreira da Silva.
“From the 30th day, ie January 31, producers and importers have to go to collect the contribution of light plastic bags to retailers and traders, which will be delivered the Tax and Customs Authority (TA). These bags, already subject to contribution may only be available to consumers 45 days after publication of the regulatory ordinance, “the Ministry of Environment.
According to the authority,” so, after 45 days of publication of the decree, that is, February 15, consumers will only have to choose plastic bags already subject to contribution “ten cents.
In addition to creating a tax on plastic bags, the reform of the Green Taxation introduces a carbon tax that will have an impact on the costs of fuel and energy.
According to figures Galp confirmed by the Portuguese Association of Oil Companies (APETRO) who rely on the Government’s opposition , the carbon tax is an additional 1.5 cents per liter for diesel and gasoline, calculated based on the price of five dollars per ton, which was still add the cost of the introduction of alcohol in gasoline (another 2.5 cents) and higher bond inclusion of biofuels in diesel (1.1 cents).