Traders Decry High Taxation in South Sudan

Traders in the Eastern Equatoria State capital Torit have attributed to high taxation to the high commodity prices in the state.

TORIT, 18 October 2010 – The traders told Gurtong that the uncontrolled taxation checkpoints encouraged certain businesspeople to employ foul tactics to evade being over-taxed.

The traders, who were reacting to recent inquiries by the State Governor Brigadier Loius Lobong Lojore over the causes of high commodity prices, lamented the unfair tax regimes as they import goods from neighbouring Kenya and Uganda.

“We do not have any other option but to struggle to compensate the losses brought about by the high taxation at the border points and several checkpoints along the roads before getting to Torit”, said the traders.

The chairperson of the Ugandan business community in Torit Kibizo Livingstone said they cannot lower commodity prices unless the harsh taxation is checked.

“We are committed to bring in as many goods provided the taxes are also lowered because we are suffering”, he said.

The Deputy State Governor Nartisio Loluke Manir admitted the high taxes and said The Deputy State Governor Nartisio Loluke Manir admitted the high taxes and said the state government is working with the GoSS to ensure harmonisation of taxation at the borders.

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