Valley-based fruit growers demand exemption of GST on cardboard boxes
Post by on Friday, August 5, 2022
Srinagar, Aug 04: The Kashmir Valley Fruit Growers-cum-Dealers Union appealed to Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha to exempt 18 percent Goods and Services Tax (GST) on cardboard boxes used to pack apples, pears and other fruits.
Chairman, Kashmir Valley Fruit Growers Cum Dealers Union Bashir Ahmad Basheer who also heads The New Kashmir Fruit Association said apples, pears and other fruits were previously packed in wooden boxes for safe arrival to respective destinations outside JK.
“The wood of poplar trees (Safida) is now exclusively used by weavers for manufacturing of plywood sheets leaving no option for fruit growers but to use cardboard boxes as alternate packing material for transportation of fruits from valley to outside J&K,” he said.
He said since 18 percent GST is now charged on cardboard boxes and most of the fruit growers can’t afford to pack their fruit in such costly boxes. “ Most of the growers are not ecomically sound, paying so much tax on card board boxes may result in heavy losses for them,” he added.
“Since the harvesting of apple, babgoasha (a variety of pear) and other varieties of the pear is presently under process in all fruit orchards of valley, the farmers are facing a hard time to pack their produce in card board boxes which are costly,” Basheer said.
He requested the Lt. Governor to kindly take up the matter with concerned authorities of the Union Government for consideration of an exemption of 18 percent GST on cardboard boxes so that small growers get some relief.