Saudi Arabia: Food prices on the rise

In Saudi Arabia, the prices of foodstuffs, vegetables and fruits have gone up -as have taxi fares- after the implementation of a Value Added Tax (VAT) and the hike in fuel prices.

According to Mohammed Al-Johani, deputy chairman of the Committee on Foodstuff at the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry, there will be a 30 to 40 percent increase in the prices of fruits, vegetables and dairy products.

The Saudi Gazette learned that Mutassim Abu Zinadah, Chairman of the traders of fruits and vegetables, warned that some retail shops may attempt to raise prices following the introduction of VAT and the increase in fuel prices. “There was a difference of about 20% in the prices of fruits and vegetables in the central market and retail shops before the introduction of VAT,” he said, adding: “Now the difference may go up to 30% after VAT.”

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