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THE REGULATION:

Following products are classified as energy drinks for the purposes of the excise tax that is currently implemented in GCC. 

  • Any beverages marketed or sold as an energy drink that may contain stimulant substances that provide mental and physical stimulation, which includes for example caffeine, taurine, ginseng and guarana, and also includes any substances that have an identical or similar effect as the aforementioned substances. 
  • Any concentrates, powder, gel or extracts that can be transformed into an energy drink. 

TAX RATE: 

100% on the retail price

AFFECTED COUNTRIES:

All the GCC countries except Kuwait.

THE EXEMPTION:

No exemption is stated in the regulation. 

AVOID THE TAX:

If your product does not fall under the category of energy drinks as mentioned above and/or has been wrongly classified as energy drink and taxed, there is a possibility of getting the exemption. But to be able to get the exemption we need to classify your products accordingly and get the necessary approvals.

Please contact us at enquiries@gulftrade.co.uk to know more on how to avoid getting taxed and staying competitive in the market.