Jump to content
Complete France Forum

TVA on Fruit


Recommended Posts

I've never taken a lot of notice before but having just returned from our local supermarket I notice that TVA has been charged at 5.5% on Italian grapes but Spanish clementines are charged at 19.6%.

Does anyone know the rules for TVA on food or is this just a mistake by the supermarket?

Link to comment
Share on other sites


France, there are three rates of VAT. The code général des impôts sets out

that only essential goods and consumer goods such as unprocessed food

carry a reduced rate, other goods are taxed at 19.6%.

Generally speaking, food products are taxed at the reduced rate of 5.5%, so the Spanish clementines should be at the same rate as the Italian grapes.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

AFAIK, a drop to 2.2% on fruit and veg has been discussed recently in conjunction with a rate increase to 19.6% on snacks and other "junk" food, in a bid to fight the increase in obesity.

The current economic crisis has put paid to the discussions.
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
  • Create New...