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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Diplomatic car imports tightened

Updated: 14:58’ - 09/02/2018
Deputy Prime Minister Vuong Dinh Hue has asked ministries to strengthen the management of temporary import of cars of individuals who enjoy privileges and tax exemptions in Vietnam.

According to the General Department of Customs, in addition to the import of cars through commercial orders of domestic businesses, there are thousands of cars that are annually imported under privileges and exemptions by embassies, foreign diplomatic missions and international agencies or organizations operating in Vietnam.

Hue’s request was sent out to the ministries of Foreign Affairs, Public Security and Transport.

Deputy Prime Minister Vuong Dinh Hue has asked ministries to strengthen the management of temporary import of cars of individuals who enjoy privileges and tax exemptions in Vietnam__ Photo: dantri.com.vn

He asked the ministries to strictly penalize the abusive action of importing cars for commercial purposes and propose amendments and supplements to current regulations to enhance State management and compliance with real requirements.

Currently, imported vehicles under privileges and exemptions are provided with a foreign number plate and are exempted from taxes and fees. These vehicles are under the management of foreign organizations and individuals in Vietnam.

There are three groups of subjects that are allowed to temporarily import autos without incurring any fee - diplomatic missions, consult offices and representative agencies of international organizations in Vietnam. They enjoy privileges and exemptions in accordance with international rulings that Vietnam is committed to.

In addition to this, diplomatic officials, administrative and technical staff members of diplomatic missions, consulars and officials of Vietnam-based international organizations also enjoy similar privileges and immunities under international treaties which Vietnam has signed or acceded to.

Because of such a large scale of preferences and immunity, foreign vehicles are sold or illegally transferred to individuals and organizations within the country.

According to regulations of the Ministry of Public Security and the Ministry of Transport, to ensure conditions for re-export and transfer or destruction of cars under diplomatic privileges and immunities, organizations and individuals must complete certain procedures, including the revoking of registration certificate and car license plates.

As for the buyers, they will have to pay various taxes and fees as regulated.- (VNA/VLLF)
 

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