The prices of several imported consumer goods such as sugar, lentils, sprats and salt have been raised due to the increased special commodities levy imposed on imported goods through the budget.
According to this tax amendment proposed by the budget 2014 a kilo of sugar has been increased by Rs.30 and sprats by Rs.26. The prices of tinned foods, green gram, gram, ground nuts, maldive fish, dry fish, palm oil, salt, yogurt, butter, coriander, mustard, cumin seeds, fennel seeds, turmeric, oranges, wheat flour, cheese, curd, vegetables, fruit, fruit juices, chocolate, sweets, assuages, prepared foods, vinegar, sauces, soups, ice cream, coffee, pepper, vanilla, soaps, washing liquids and powder, mosquito coils, candles, batteries, sanitary towels, Portland cement, paints and varnishes, steel products, aluminum related products, padlocks, hinges, furniture, rubber products and machinery will be increased.
A kilo of dhal will go up by Rs.22, tinned fish by102, maldive fish by 302, dry fish by 102, palm oil by 110, butter by 880, margarine by 175, coriander by 202, oranges by 35, grapes by 130, chillie powder by 150 and turmeric powder by 510.
Some of these tax amendments were effective from the time the budget proposals were presented.