Import taxes on used cars of nine seats or fewer and an engine
displacement of less than 1,500cc will increase by up to 20 percent from
The Ministry of Finance’s Circular 28/2013/TT-BTC
states that the import tax imposed on used cars with engine displacement
of less than 1,000cc will be 4,200 USD per unit instead of the current
The tax for each used car with a cylinder capacity of between 1,000-1,500cc will become 9,600 USD, a rise of 1,600 USD.
The adjustment will narrow the gap between import tax on used cars and brand new cars, especially in the compact car division.
Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai last month asked the Ministry of Finance
to review the import tax on used cars in a bid to restrain importers
from disguising brand new vehicles as old ones to avoid higher tax
It followed a proposal from local automaker Thaco Group,
who reported that companies were fraudulently importing cars with small
engines in order to be charged in the lowest tax bracket.
to recent regulations, in order to be defined as second-hand, used cars
must have been registered in a foreign country for at least six months
before being exported to Vietnam and they must have a minimum mile
age of 10,000 km.
Thaco claimed that many imported disguised
brand new cars as used ones by adjusting the mileage counters to over
10,000 km and changing import documentation, allowing them to avoid the
70 percent tax imposed on new cars.
According to the General Department of Statistics, the country imported 3,000 cars in January and just 1,000 cars in February.
It imported 27,000 cars in 2012, down 50 percent year on year.-VNA