30 Jun 2022

Tonga resumes import tariffs as pandemic subsidies end

9:52 pm on 30 June 2022

Tariffs on all imports into Tonga are being resumed today marking the end of a two-year tax holiday.

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Tongan flag Photo: RNZ Pacific / Sela Jane Hopgood

Since April 2020, Tonga's government has granted tax-exemptions on some imported goods to help the Kingdom deal with the financial fallout of the border being closed because of the pandemic.

The policy was originally designed for tourism operators as part of an economic stimulus package.

But after January's volcanic eruption and tsunami import duties, usually applied to all non-commercial food and personal goods, were removed to support the donation of emergency supplies and equipment from overseas.