Somalia: Khat Flights from Kenya Move to Jowhar Airstrip to Avoid Mogadishu Taxes

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    Somalia: Khat Flights from Kenya Move to Jowhar Airstrip to Avoid Mogadishu Taxes

    By Abdalle Ahmed - Somaliupdate Online JOWHAR — Commercial Flights ferrying Khat (Miraa) from Kenya have shifted to use the airstrip in Jowhar following hefty taxes imposed on Khat traders at Mogadishu International Airport, one of the Khat tr

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On Friday five cargo planed ferrying tens of tonnes of Khat from Kenya landed at Jowhar Airstrip.
By Abdalle Ahmed - Somaliupdate Online JOWHAR — Commercial Flights ferrying Khat (Miraa) from Kenya have shifted to use the airstrip in Jowhar following hefty taxes imposed on Khat traders at Mogadishu International Airport, one of the Khat traders confirmed.
On Friday five cargo planed ferrying tens of tonnes of Khat from Kenya landed at Jowhar Airstrip.  On Thursday several flights landed in Jowhar.
"The taxes became very expensive after the Finance Ministry of the Federal Government new tariffs set for Khat importers" Ali Gurre, one of the Khat traders told Somaliupdate Online.
The Finance of Finance last week introduced new tariffs increasing from one dollar tax per kilo of Khat to $1.5.
Hirshabelle State officials welcomed the move saying their administration charge low taxes on Khat business.
In a statement released on Thursday as first Khat cargo planes landed in Jowhar, Hirshabelle State Presidency promised sufficient services for Khat traders and the flights arriving the Jowhar Airstrip.
The Federal Government has not yet commented about the move as the Finance Ministry is losing thousands of revenue used to be generated from Khat taxes daily at Mogadishu International Airport.

 
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