The tuna industry in Peru does not yet have its own fleet to supply the processing plants
Cannery industry fear shortages of tuna for tax collection on foreign vessels
Thursday, November 21, 2019, 16:20 (GMT + 9)
The Peruvian Tuna Chamber asks the Government to respect the rules of the game with which foreign flag vessels have been operating in the country, so as not to affect the jobs created in the local canning industry.
The president of the Peruvian Tuna Chamber, Alfonso Miranda, expressed the fear that canned fish plants in the country may run out of the supply of tuna provided by foreign-flagged vessels operating in the country, given the possible risk that Sunat imposes the collection of 30% of the Income Tax for the fishing of that resource.
Miranda said to have information that a provincial intention of Sunat for two months ready a change to the interpretation of the law 28965, Law of Promotion for the Extraction of Highly Migratory Hydrobiological Resources, and the way in which the customs regime is applied to fleet foreigner operating in national waters.
In a dialogue with Gestión, Miranda, former Deputy Minister of Fisheries, said that although the aforementioned law is 12 years old, it is now attempted to modify its application to claim to charge 30% of the gross value of landings to the foreign fleet, as payment of the Income Tax.
If this modification occurs, he indicated that it will mean a double taxation for the foreign fleet that provides tuna to national canning plants, since the companies that operate it already pay taxes in their country for the resource they extract in Peru, which would generate an extra cost that, as he suggested, could lead them to stop operating in the country.
The fear that the canneries could run out of supply is because, according to Miranda, 64% of landings of tuna in plants located in the national territory, corresponds to the unloading carried out by vessels of foreign flag and 36% by vessels of National flag.
According to statistics from the Ministry of Production, the landing of tuna had a positive development from 2013 to 2018 reflecting an increase of 22% in annual average.
Ranking of Peruvian companies that have exported the most Canned tuna in any of its presentations (Source: SIICEX)
In the last year 2018, the unloading of tuna received by fishing industrial plants, has been 33,740 tons, an increase of 30% over the previous year, meaning the continuity of the good development of the extractive activity.
Author: Elias Garcia / Diario Gestión