First duty-free cars arrive from Thailand

Over 2,000 Honda cars from Thailand—the first batches of cars to enjoy zero per cent import duty under the ASEAN Free Trade Agreement (AFTA)—have been imported to Viet Nam.— Photo nld.vn

Over 2,000 Honda cars from Thailand—the first batches of cars to enjoy zero per cent import duty under the ASEAN Free Trade Agreement (AFTA)—have been imported to Viet Nam.

Under the AFTA commitments, a zero per cent tax is applicable to cars imported from the bloc, with a localisation rate of 40 per cent or more in the country of origin, starting January 1 this year.

The current batch has Jazz, Accord, CR-V and Civic models.

A representative of Honda Vietnam said that to import the autos to Viet Nam, the firm had completed procedures to meet the requirements of Viet Nam’s Decree 116 on the conditions for production, assembly, import, business of warranty service, car maintenance and particularly the Vehicle Type Approval certificate granted by the Thailand Department of Land Transport.

A consulting staff member at Honda’s My Dinh agent told Viet Nam News that the new vehicles would be rolled out to the market in May or early June, as it will take one or two months to complete checks on emission, quality and technical safety at ports.

“The price of each car is expected to fall by more than VND200 million. This will be a turning point in the Vietnamese automobile market,” said the staff member.

Earlier, the insiders calculated that with the zero per cent import tax, the price of imported cars from ASEAN countries to Viet Nam would fall by 20-25 per cent.

Toyota Motor Vietnam and Ford Viet Nam are completing procedures to meet the requirements of the Decree 116 to import cars which are favourites in Viet Nam, such as the Ford Explorer, Everest, Ranger, Toyota Fortuner and Yaris. — VNS

Nguồn: bizhub.vn