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Kenya Mulls Scrapping Some Tea Taxes to Make Industry Profitable

Kenya, the world’s biggest exporter of black tea, is considering removing some levies charged on its tea producers and traders to make the industry more competitive, the nation’s agriculture ministry said.

The East African nation charges more than 35 taxes and duties at different stages of production and marketing, including a 16 percent value added tax and a 1 percent tariff, whose proceeds are used to fund the industry regulator.