Government postpones levy on aluminum packaging until January 2024


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The government has once again postponed the entry into force of a 30 cent tax on single-use aluminum packaging for meals, according to an order published today in the Diário da República.

Initially scheduled for January 1 of this year, the start of the levy on aluminum or multimaterial packaging containing aluminum in ready-to-eat meals was postponed until December 31, 2022, to September 1 (Friday). Now, the date of entry into force has been revised again, to January 1, 2024, in view of the difficulties reported by economic operators.

“Taking into account the constraints expressed by various economic agents, as well as the need to extend the scope of this ordinance to other materials, (…) it is considered essential to ensure, immediately, the extension of the production of effects for the application of the contribution on single-use packaging made of aluminum or multimaterial with aluminum”, reads the ordinance.

However, the 30 cents tax has already been applied since July 2022 on single-use plastic packaging for ready-to-eat meals. According to the decree, this measure is based on “the need to deepen the transition to a circular economy, promoting a sustained reduction in the consumption of single-use packaging and the consequent reduction in the volume of waste generated”.

The law, signed by the Secretaries of State for Tax Affairs and the Environment, Nuno Félix and Hugo Pires, respectively, comes into force this Wednesday.

Moti Shabi
Moti Shabi
Moti Shabi, CEO and founder of Portugal Pulse, has led career that spans multiple continents and industries. Born in Paris and later immigrating to Tel Aviv, Israel, Moti's background uniquely positions him at the intersection of European and Middle Eastern cultures. He holds a Law License from Ono College, reflecting his multifaceted interests in law, media, technology, and culture.    Moti's love affair with Portugal began in 2016 when he founded EASY NATIONALITY, an immigration office focused on aiding the Sephardic community in the wake of Portugal's law of return for Sephardic Jews. This endeavor demonstrated his commitment to creating meaningful social and cultural bridges.    In 2018, he launched Hadshot Portugal, the first-ever news website about Portugal in Hebrew. Recognizing the importance of bringing Portuguese culture and news to a broader audience, Moti took the step of immigrating to Lisbon in 2023, where he founded both Portugal Pulse and Portugal France. These platforms aim to offer comprehensive coverage of Portuguese news, events, and culture to the English and French-speaking worlds, respectively.    Moti's vision extends beyond news dissemination. He aspires to be an ambassador for Portuguese culture and to strengthen the connections among Portuguese diaspora communities worldwide. In pursuit of this ambitious goal, Moti founded Aliança Portugueses in 2021. Through this initiative, he aims to bring together Portuguese communities, creating a network of individuals and organizations bound by their love for Portugal.

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