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Comoros Businesses Shutter Shops to Protest Higher Customs Tax

Jan. 27, 2020, 11:23 AM

Comoros’ shops and businesses started a three-day strike to protest an increase in charges on imports, prompting authorities to force some supermarkets to open.

“Every year customs charges are raised via the finance bill without any consultation” with the private sector, Mahamoudou Ali Mohamed, chairman of the Comoros Employers’ Organization, said in a phone interview. “We are being asphyxiated.”

From March 1, the country is set to implement new taxes and charges on imports, according to a statement by the Movement of Comoros Enterprises. The state also plans to introduce cash fines ranging between 150,000 Comorian francs ($336) and three...

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