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Customs Duties on Vehicles to Increase for Individuals

14-01-2010, 15:03

Customs duties on vehicles are to be increased for individuals from July 1 thus reaching the amount of customs duties in Russia.

It was told to journalists in Minsk by Alyaksandr Shpileuski, the head of the State Customs Committee of Belarus, Interfax reports.

"The decision has been made. The current conditions for car import for individuals will remain in force until July 1," Shpileuski said.

He added that the size of customs duties for individuals would be equal to the size Russian duties.

Car dealers raise prices by 20–30%

Belarusian car dealers started the year 2010 with termination of sales and then increase in prices.

Prices went up by 20–30% if compared with 2009. BelTA learnt this from head of the Belarusian Automobile Association Syarhei Mikhnevich. The Association head forecasts that the current situation on the car market in new conditions of the Customs Union will clear only by July.

Syarhei Mikhnevich noted that prices had significantly changed yet in late 2009, when dealers had refused from discounts. The specialist forecasts it’s only the beginning. "If decree #546 is cancelled, the so called Schwacke List is imposed and car dealers sign a memorandum on recognition customs fees, the car prices will double," the expert supposes.

We remind that the rates of customs duties on cars increased for legal entities in Belarus on January 1 2010.

This is provided by the Single Customs Tariff signed in Minsk on November 27, 2009, within frames of the Customs Union o Belarus, Russia and Kazakhstan. New rules on importing goods by individuals haven’t been determined yet, but it is planned to work them out by July 1, 2010.

New cars (0–3 years) will face lowest rise of customs duties, 3–5 year old cars will also meet a slight increase in duties. The harshest customs duties are supposed for cars older than 5 years. A size of customs duties depends on engine volume and cost indicator. Rates of duties will be increased 10-fold for some categories of cars, and 7-fodl for others.