PORTUGAL: Government To Introduce ‘Sugar Tax’

The Portuguese government has announced plans to introduce a so-called ‘sugar tax’ on soft drinks sold in the country.

The move, which will be introduced in 2017, will levy a tax of €16.46 per 100 litres on soft drinks containing more than 80gm of sugar per litre, and a tax of €8.22 per 100 litres for those containing less than 80gm of sugar per litre. The tax will not apply to milk or fruit juices.

The tax is expected to raise €80m, which will go towards Portugal’s public health service, while also reducing consumption of such drinks in an attempt to reduce obesity levels.