Vietnam to cut import tariffs on European cars

By Hoang Thang   June 17, 2020 | 01:10 pm GMT+7
Vietnam to cut import tariffs on European cars
An imported Mercedes SUV seen in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo by VnExpress/Thanh Nhan.

Import tariffs on European cars could fall by up to 15.6 percentage points in 2022 under the ratified E.U.-Vietnam trade pact.

Sedans with 2,500 c.c. engines or less will have tariffs cut from the current 70.9 percent to 56.7 percent by 2022, according to a Finance Ministry release.

For sedans with engines more powerful than 2,500 c.c. to less than 3,000 c.c, the tariffs will be reduced from 67.2 percent to 53.8 percent.

Sedans with engines of more than 3,000 c.c. will have tariffs reduced from 70.2 percent to 54.6 percent.

This means that European car prices could drop in the next two years. A 2,500 c.c. engine sedan which costs VND2 billion ($85,800) will see imports tariffs drop by VND268 million ($11,500) by 2022.

Imported European cars currently bear duties and other charges including import tariffs of around 70 percent, special consumption tax from 35-150 percent, value-added tax of 10 percent and registration fees of 10-20 percent.

Vietnam in May ratified the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA), a landmark trade pact that will cut or eliminate 99 percent of tariffs on goods traded between the two sides. The trade pact is set to take effect on August 1.

 
 
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