President Weah Suspends Import Tariffs On Agriculture Products And Materials In Liberia

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The President of Liberia, H.E. Dr. George Manneh Weah, has suspended import tariffs on agriculture products and materials with immediate effects. The decision was made through Executive Order #115, issued on Monday, January 23, 2023. The goal of the order is to solidify the gains made under Executive Order No. 106 and to continue to accelerate the development of the forestry and agricultural sectors in Liberia.

The action is in line with the government’s determination to seek and promote a stable macroeconomic environment that enables private-sector-led economic growth, greater competitiveness, and diversification of the economy. It is also consistent with the PAPD, the Liberian Government, and international partners’ determination towards making strides to boost the Agriculture Sector by working with key market players to make agriculture affordable for farmers through various means such as farm development and management, aggregation, Good Agriculture Practices (GAP), Training, and enabling Legislation.

The decision to suspend tariffs on agriculture products and materials was made after findings from local and international partners in the Agricultural Sector and the government’s internal review process discovered that the tariffs associated with Agriculture Inputs were high and affecting the Agricultural Sector adversely and poor Rural Farmers who rely predominantly on Agriculture for their livelihood.

The President also envisioned that by lowering the tariffs associated with the importation of Agricultural Inputs, the imports of agro-distributors would increase, and the price of Agriculture Inputs for farmers would be lowered. This is expected to result in farmers being able to access high-quality agriculture inputs at affordable prices, improving agricultural productivity, making agricultural activities commercially viable, increasing product consistency, and providing sustained high incomes for local farmers.

The President believes that the effect of reduced tariffs on the Agricultural Sector brings the Government closer to achieving United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (#2) of ending hunger, improved nutrition, achieving food security, and promoting sustainable Agriculture. Agriculture Products that are exempted under Executive Order #115 include live cattle (bovines) for breeding, live pigs (swine) for breeding, live sheep and goats (small ruminants) for breeding, live fish for breeding, all types of agriculture seeds and planting materials, ingredients used in animal, fish and poultry feed preparation, and commercially prepared or complete feeds for farm animals, fish, and poultry.

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