By Libya Herald staff.
Tripoli, 3 February 2015:
A Tunisian border town is blaming an unpopular Tunisian exit tax, introduced last October, for a . . .[restrict]nose-dive in its fortunes.
There have been two days of protests by townsfolk in Ben Guerdane . They say that the TND 30 exit stamp ($15.50) has caused Libyan border guards to respond by blocking the movement of high-quality goods from Libya. This, it is being claimed, has disrupted profitable cross-border trade.
Many of the protesters said that they cross the border daily for work and they fear that Libyan authorities would respond by imposing in their turn an exit tax on Tunisians. This, they complained, would drastically decrease their ability to cut a profit from their sales.
Furthermore, the protesters have insisted that the tax has had no benefit on Tunisia’s infrastructure thus far. [/restrict]