The UPP Will Remove Customs Duties On Certain Essential Food Items as a Cost of Living Adjustment Measure

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In response to the impact of rising prices on vulnerable households, United Progressive Party (UPP) Political Leader Harold Lovell has announced a new measure that will bring immediate relief to many households.

For a limited period as the economic recovery stabilizes, the UPP will completely remove Customs duties on a number of food items.

This includes ling fish, corned beef, sardines, salt beef, pig mouth, pig foot, breakfast cereals, oats, cooking oil and other essential foods.

These foods are very widely consumed in our culture, and currently attract some of the highest duties.

The impact of rising global prices is therefore multiplied in the final price of goods on store shelves.

โ€œThe high cost of food strikes hardest, those citizens whose incomes do not quickly rise in line with the cost of living. Removing Customs duty for a time will allow vulnerable households to sustain themselves, as the benefits of the UPP government’s other relief and job-creation measures take effect,โ€ Lovell said.

Lowering food prices will also improve the lives of cookshop owners and street-side food sellers, whose livelihoods are threatened by the current high prices.

Thanks to this relief plan, food service providers will also be able to keep their prices down, which benefits their customers.

The UPP also pledges to monitor food prices on store shelves, to ensure that the financial benefits are passed onto consumers.

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18 COMMENTS

  1. It’s a great idea and doable with the political will. It would also help to change to operations model of Social Security to look more like an investment bank with the primary fiduciary to pensioners. The bottom up approach will raise the entire economy for all.

    • The UPP rally on Thursday night was a complete FAILURE. UPP has been campigning for the past fourteen months and still showing POOR attendance at Their RALLIES. UPP DONE / FINISHED / DEAD.

      • NICE TRY HAMMY: The UPP Rally was a great success! . Ton a cars parked right round the field, ton a people on the field!

        Wha HAPPEN Comrade Hammster you worried!

        btw you going ABLP Convention next week. What comrade ASOT?

      • So if they done/finished/dead why did you attend the rally?

        I PITY YOU, AS THE PRAYER SAYS: PITY MY SIMPLICITY.

        I do not expect anything less from you, THE FEAR IN Y’ALL IS COMING TO THE FORE:

        CALL THE ELECTION NOW IF THE UPP DONE……WHAT U TRYING TO HOLD ON FOR AS LONG AS POSSIBLE AND FACE THE INEVITABLE?

  2. Fantastic idea. Vote UPP the right team.๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™

  3. Local food producers dead- imported food that’s bad for our people’s health is what will be cheap here- I would be a sad day when meat come here for 2 dollars a pound vs local meat for 9 dollars per pound.

  4. UPP will remove taxes on everything??? Where would UPP get revenue to run the country ? This is just a BUNCH of EMPTY promises as usual. UPP the WRONG WRONG choice. UPP will go to IMF and IMF will run ANTIGUA and BARBUDA. Most Civil Servants will be laid off under UPP.

    • Well to start with they will not be wasting money on ebooks = $ 76 MILLION. Nor the invisible cemetery.

      Hammy / S. Graves, why are you so worried. You will have life better under the Redeem Team.

      The caring people who brought you the fantastic social programmes like the School Uniform Programme, the School Meals Programme, PVD Carib, raised pensions etc.

      Now, murder, pensioners bawling, ABS Staff bawling, Solid Waste staff bawling, LIAT workers bawling, Clare VU staff bawling, CASS workers bawling. NOW CIVIL SERVANTS bawling brcause they can’t get pay.

    • THE IMF LINE WILL NOT WORK THIS TIME WITH A PRESS CONFERENCE ON THE EVE OF THE ELECTIONS.
      EVEN DURING THE FINANCIAL CRISIS IN 2008/2009 UPP NEVER LAID OFF ONE WORKER.

      THE SAME MONEY THAT WAS LEFT BY THE UPP WAS USED TO REPAY THE IMF AND SINCE THEN, ALL THE LOANS OBTAINED BY THE ABLP ATTRACTED INTEREST RATES OF OVER 10% AVERAGE, WHILST THE IMF LOAN WAS CIRCA 2%…….ANY FINANCIAL EXPERT WILL TELL YOU WHAT THE ABLP DID WAS MADNESS!!
      WELL WE KNOW THE PARTY IS LED BY A MAD MAN๐Ÿคข. USEFUL IDIOT

  5. The UPP rally on Thursday night was a complete FAILURE. UPP has been campigning for the past fourteen months and still showing POOR attendance at Their RALLIES. UPP DONE / FINISHED / DEAD.

    • Absolutely agree. The UPP has shown poor leadership as an opposition so how could they expect once chosen to govern they would do a better job. They ABLP has proven that they are a better choice on Election Day. They kept people employed when other countries laid off their employees. Thatโ€™s speaks volumes. Considering the bad hand weโ€™ve been dealt we still manage to grow the economy.
      ABLP IS THE RIGHT CHOICE ON ELECTION DAY!

  6. The two MC’S at UPP rally on Thursday night were just just LOUD NOISE. Joan needs a membership at the GYM.. What a SIZE !!!!

    • @ PJ who is S GRAVES who is HAMMY.

      if you going to give out gym membership start with Cutie and Weston.

    • Epic failure at the rally. Speeches were read, lies were told. It was a complete embarrassment. Iโ€™d like to know how Pearl Foots Lady being a teller at a bank would make a great finance minister when she couldnโ€™t pass basic financial test to be promoted.
      Frantz the beg beg man canโ€™t spell but heโ€™d be greatful if you elect him & Farmer Serpent with 26 acres of prime real estate with one pawpaw tree could make a great agriculture minister?
      If Harold and the UPP Are allowed to govern with this sad pathetic Paultry unskilled, under achievers Antigua will be destroyed forever.

  7. ARE U SURE YOU ARE NOT MISTAKING JOAN FOR SAMANTHA MARSHALL? YOU PEOPLE ARE PSYCHOTIC.
    JUST LIKE GASTON U KNOW U LIVE IN A GLASS HOUSE AND STILL THROWING STONES AT THE OPPOSITION WHEN YOU HAVE SIMILAR TRAITS OR EVEN WORSE.

  8. The issues that plagues the country right now is corruption, self enrichment schemes, people are struggling to make ends meet which has resulted in a high suicidal rate . More children has turn to drugs . What have this administration done to assist the poor and needy? More have done to help the greedy but nothing for the needy.
    How can one support a government that doesn’t look out for his people ?

  9. Isn’t it your government that implemented RRC on imports into Antigua?

    How about doing away with that too? Don’t get me wrong…I am all for removing the taxes on food items BUT how will you make up the shortfall in the government revenues? Last time you implemented ABST, RRC, PIT and we were all cozy with the IMF!

    Harold I too fraid you!!!! FRAID BADDDD!!!!!

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