Government led by President Luis Lacalle Pou resolved this Tuesday extend the reduction of the Specific Internal Tax (Imesi) to the sale of fuels at the borderas reported by the mayor of Paysandú, Nicolás Olivera, on his Twitter account.
The provision will take effect from May 1 Y will increase up to 30% the Imesi discount on gasoline at the border, which is currently at 24%.
“Imesi reduced gasoline at the border to 30%. President Luis Lacalle Pou has just informed us about this measure that extends the IMESI reduction to 30%Olivera wrote, who spread the resolution of the Ministry of Economy.
The decision was celebrated, in turn, by Senator Germán Coutinho, of the Colorado Party: “A president who is close to the people. We are working on border policy measures, based on the bill that we have presented in Parliament. Today one more measure that we have proposed to the Executive will be applied,” he summarized.
The mayors of the coast have shown affinity to dialogue around border policies. In this sense, the mayor of Río Negro, Omar Lafluf told The Observer that during the exchange with the government they talked about microimportation, which, as he stressed, “is being studied very hard”, the impact of VAT and other measures aimed at “mitigating” the price difference with Argentina.
The “micro import” would give the green light to a merchant from Salto can cross to Concordia to buy cheaper merchandise –due to the exchange rate difference with Argentina– and resell it in Uruguay. The same for Paysandú with Colón, or Río Negro with Gualeguaychú, the three border points that raise alarms due to price gaps with Argentina.