Finance ministry for increasing import tax on trucks

Wednesday, Sep 23, 2015 17:53

Here is tank trucks imported from China. China was the largest supplier of CBUs for Viet Nam in August, with nearly 18,900 units, a year-on-year increase of 167 per cent.— Photo

HA NOI (Biz Hub) — There could be a 2 per cent to 20 per cent increase in import tax on various types of trucks, according to a circular drafted by the Ministry of Finance.

The proposal was listed in the draft circular on revising import tax on trucks and spare parts, which has been sent to other ministries and sectors for their suggestions.

Taxes levied on imported trucks are expected to be synchronously increased in the country, but still under the World Trade Organisation's ceiling level as Viet Nam has committed.

In concrete terms, the finance ministry plans to raise the tax from 68 per cent to 70 per cent of value for trucks which are five tonnes and below. The trucks with a capacity between five tones and 10 tonnes may be levied import tax of 70 per cent, from the current 50.

Trucks between 20 tonnes and 45 tonnes may be taxed between 25 per cent and 35 per cent, from the current 15 per cent and 20 per cent, respectively.

As for special-use vehicles including refrigerated lorries, waste collection trucks, tank trucks and cement tankers, there may be a 20 per cent tax.

The finance ministry said the tax increase was aimed at supporting and encouraging domestic automakers to strengthen production and assembling of special-use vehicles.

In addition, the ministry has also proposed to apply preferential import tax on imported automobile spare parts.

The ministry's proposal originated from a petition made by the TMT Automobile Joint Stock Company, in which the company said domestic automakers, who had imported spare parts for assembling, had to bear various expenses for investment, production and assembling. In particular, expense for assembling a production line was high, with slow returns on investment.

In addition, the price of imported spare parts was higher than the complete built-up units (CBUs) due to strict requirements from the suppliers.

The company had proposed to the finance ministry to increase between 10 per cent and 18 per cent in import taxes on CBU trucks, depending on the capacity of each truck.

Statistics released by the Customs Office showed that Viet Nam imported nearly 75,240 units from early this year to the end of August, which was 101.7 per cent higher than the same period last year.

China was the largest supplier of CBUs for Viet Nam in August, with nearly 18,900 units, a year-on-year increase of 167 per cent. — VNS

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