Car imports accelerate in March

Monday, Apr 05, 2021 08:00

Cars imported in Viet Nam in the past three months. — VNS Photo Doan Tung

The import of automobiles increased dramatically in March, according to figures released by the General Department of Customs (GDC).

But although more and more cars are coming into Viet Nam, purchasing of vehicles tends to slow at the beginning of the year.

Statistics shows that last month more than US$347 million worth of CBU (Completely Built-up Units) were brought into the country.

This was an increase of 69.3 per cent in volume and 66 per cent in value compared to the previous month and almost matching the figures for the first two months combined.

In the first quarter of 2021, 35,367 cars worth $770 million were imported, up 31.1 per cent in volume and 35 per cent in value against the same period last year.

Industry insiders attributed the surge to the increasing demand of transport businesses and private use after the economy stalled due to COVID-19.

While car dealers remained cautious about the prospect of car market, many expected more positive sale figures for the second quarter given the launch of many new models.

Automobile sales has continuously declined in the first two months of the year,

The Vietnam Automobile Manufacturers Association (VAMA) reported that car sales in February 2020 stood at only 13,585 units, down 48.6 per cent compared to the first month of the year.

Car purchasing power in the first month of 2021 also suffered a decline of 45 per cent compared to the previous month. — VNS


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