Thursday, February 2, 2023

Logistics employers attack controversial ‘Amazon tax’ in Barcelona: “It’s discriminatory and anti-social”

The Barcelona City Council has been fighting for several months against tech platforms, and in particular with companies that specialize in last-mile logistics; From Glovo’s Ghost Supermarket to Amazon and the thousands of packages it delivers every day in the city.

This 2023 call comes into effect’Dish Amazon’A tax that bears the name of the Silicon Valley giant, but which aims to take over public space for large courier operators to carry out their business activities such as deliveries.

The measure was born as a result of the explosion that e-commerce experienced as a result of the pandemic and after which delivery activity has increased manifold in recent months, causing city traffic congestion and increasing the number of delivery vehicles. Is happening

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Barcelona City Council is expected to raise closer 2.6 million euros with this new regulation, The tax affects large postal operators with a turnover of more than one million euros per year for deliveries to the final destinations specified by consumers at home.

UNO Logística, the employers’ union in the logistics sector, has strongly criticized the new tax, which they believe “discriminatory and anti-social”,

It is expressed by the President of UNO, francisco arandaIn a statement, where he condemned that the ‘Amazon tax’ is “a discriminatory tax and an anti-social measure, which comes in a context of maximum uncertainty and economic stress.”

Aranda stressed, “It increases the cost of serving the common economic interest and reduces the selling options of retail companies of all sizes, large and small, who are forced to assume higher costs or pass them on to their customers.” Will be.”

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“Incorporating new costs hurts companies and hence, slows down job creation; This is a measure that will ultimately lead to a slowdown in the economic recovery“, add.

The new tax is expected to be introduced in late February or early March, and the amount companies will have to pay is set as a percentage of annual turnover of 1.25%.

according to the calculation of Newspaper, The measure will affect 26 companies in Barcelona., including Amazon itself, DHL or UPS etc. Among the 5 with the highest turnover, they account for 62% of the total turnover, reports the Catalan newspaper.

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