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Export Taxes

Volume 928: debated on Wednesday 23 March 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Trade (1) if he will list the countries which impose export taxes on commodities and the extent of the levy in each case;(2) if he will estimate the extent to which export taxes have increased the cost of commodities.

A number of countries, including many developing countries, impose taxes or levies on certain commodity exports. Disproportionate effort would be required to compile a comprehensive list, and to estimate the effect on prices, which would depend on the nature of the tax and the market situation of the commodities concerned.