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20,000 jobs in danger due to damage to the tuna industry

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The former Minister of Production and today President of the Peruvian Chamber of TunaAlfonso Miranda Eyzaguirre, warned that some 20,000 jobs are in danger of being lost due to the responsibility of the Ministry of Economy and Finance (MEF) and the Ministry of Production (Produce), after imposing a decree that affects foreign vessels and not produce a report that drives the sector.

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As Mirada Eyzaguirre explained, in December 202, Legislative Decree No. 1518 was published, which modifies the tax law in order to change the net income received by non-domiciled taxpayers, including the extraction and sale of hydrobiological resources.

“Establishing a 9% net rent means a payment to the State, in the form of withholding, of 2.7% of the total amount of the purchase of the resource. That 2.7% means a cost overrun for the production of canned tuna of 20% of the contribution margin per box of canned tuna”, he commented.

In this regard, he added that there is no other country that taxes foreign tuna fleet discharges, which drives away the vessels.

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Likewise, it indicated that Customs continues to ignore the application of Law No. 28965, despite the fact that there are reports from its own legal area that say otherwise.

“This is because Produce does not take a decisive position in this controversy. It eliminates its own report 271-2017 for allegedly having exceeded its scope and legal powers, ”he assured.

Law No. 28965, for the promotion of the tuna sector, generates formal jobs. From 2007 to 2018, it increased from 500 to 20,000, the same number that are now in danger, said the former Minister of Production.

In addition, he stated that the consequences would be paid by the consumer, who, due to this MEF decree, would see the price of a can of tuna rise.

Source: Larepublica

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