It's been family business for six decades but the second generation owner of Essendon Fruit Supply, Pat Italiano, believes times are tough and will get tougher.
Having already copped a hit in electricity price rises, fruit and vegetable seller Italiano is also facing huge costs in freight.
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"It's affected our business from the farmers, transport to the wholesaler and to the retailer. We estimate freight has gone up between twenty and 30 per cent," Italiano said.
"Eventually something's got to give, it's going to be a struggle and time will tell."
In July last year the Government imposed a $23-a-tonne Carbon Tax.
Six months on a survey of 485 businesses has found that on average energy costs have soared by 14.5 per cent as a result of the tax.
According to the Australian Industry Group, manufacturing businesses estimate energy costs stemming from the Carbon Tax have risen by 14.5 per cent, service providers by 13.6 per cent and construction companies by 14.8 per cent.
However the survey did also point out that some businesses over-estimated the impact.
After eighteen years of running his cake store Robert Powell says his small business is suffering.
"I think it is an unnecessary cost," Powell said. "The only immediate way I can deal with it is staff cuts."
The Minister for Climate Change Greg Combet defends the tax.
"On average across the economy it's less than one cent in the dollar," Combet said.
According to the Government energy prices are where households will be hardest hit by the end of the first year.
While prices aren't regulated in Victoria it's estimated electricity prices have risen by fifteen per cent on average - eleven per cent due to the Carbon Tax.
Bruce Bilson, Opposition Spokesman for Small Business, says "here's the Government running around saying 'here's compensation', and you pay compensation when you hurt or harm something, so clearly there is a cost to households when they already have enormous cost of living pressures.
Just before the tax was introduced Myer estimated it would cost the company about $4 million in the first year and an IBISWorld report claimed farm costs would increase by $3.2 billion dollars in the first year.
Qantas estimated a $75.7 million cost from the tax and it, along with Virgin, has added a customer tax surcharge of between $1.50 and $7 per flight. Jetstar was a flat $10 fare increase.
The Climate Change Institute says Australia is the fifteenth biggest emitter of greenhouse gases, yet our tax is about middle of the pack on the world stage.
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