Tuesday, May 16, 2006

China to tax its wooden chopsticks

The Chinese government has slapped a 5 percent tax on exports of disposable wooden chopsticks:

The move is hitting hard at the Japanese, who use up a tremendous 25 billion sets of wooden chopsticks a year — about 200 pairs per person. Some 97 percent of them come from China.

And it's only going to get worse:

But pretty soon, some fear, Japan won't even be able to get expensive chopsticks from China: Japanese newspapers Mainichi and Nihon Keizai reported that China is expected to stop waribashi exports to Japan as early as 2008.

—Mellow Monk

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