Fresh vs frozen

Labour’s confused and confusing policy for GST exemptions on fresh fruit and vege should cost Stuart Nash any small chance he had in Hawke’s Bay.

The policy is expected to have a ‘significant impact’ on Heiniz Watties one of the big employers in the area.

The policy would also discriminate against local producers, as imported fresh fruit and vegetables would be exempt from GST, but locally-grown frozen and canned products would have tax added.

“As we have already advised Labour MPs, this exclusive GST exemption would have a significant impact on Heinz Wattie’s’ business, which is one of the largest producers of frozen and canned vegetables in Australasia,” Mr Gibson said.

So much for Labour’s promise to support Kiwi jobs.

Labour needs to tell us why its policy discriminates against frozen peas and how this policy applies to apples that have been in a cool store, or bananas, or irradiated fruit and vege.


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