No sophisticated cars, boohoo!

BIRGUNJ: Import of expensive and sophisticated cars produced in third countries has been completely occluded for one month. The import was halted when the finance ministry made the custom evaluation of cars equal to that of the vehicles imported for diplomatic agencies.

Following a debate over the custom evaluation of the cars, the purchasers have not imported expensive cars made in third world countries since one month ago.

Nepal Automobiles Association has protested when the finance ministry fixed price of the cars brought for individual and business purposes as equal as the cars brought for diplomatic purposes. Some 100 imported vehicles have been garaged in Birgunj custom office premises.

The finance ministry, basing upon its study that expensive cars have been imported on cheap bills, decided to hike the price.

Car suppliers have claimed that the price of the vehicles would be hiked from

$1000 to $5000 after the decision of the finance ministry. The cars — Pikanto of Kiya Motors, Spontej, Riyo, Getz of Hyundai Motors, Ascent, Tuxon, Corolla, Yaris, Civic, City, Jazz Brand among others — are counted in the numbers of expensive ones.

According to Birgunj Customs Office chief Kebal Prasad Bhandary, the custom price of the vehicles was

fixed after a study of the

market price and the price

of vehicles brought for diplomatic agencies.

The customs office has been taking 210 percent

tax including various taxes for the cars imported for individual purpose.

Acting secretary of Nepal Automobiles Dealers’ Association (NADA) Surendra Pradhan said they imported the vehicles by removing the parts and instruments from the vehicles so as to set them up for Nepal.

The vehicle importers said that the government should keep in mind the fact that many workers have got employment while fixing the removed parts in Nepal.

The Birgunj custom office, in 2008-09, had imported 2250 vehicles worth Rs 1, 459,628,000 while it collected Rs 2,569,337,000 revenue.