Claiming that the existing customs valuation system for new and reconditioned vehicles is discriminatory, Bangladesh Reconditioned Vehicles Importers and Dealers Association (BARVIDA) on Saturday urged the government to reform it, reports UNB.
“The duty structure for new and reconditioned vehicles is fixed in such a way that a reconditioned vehicles sometimes costs double than a new one. So, we demand that this dual policy be reformed,” BARVIDA President Abdul Haque said at a press conference at its office in the city.
“The customs valuation system should be fixed based on respective prices of the new and old vehicles. But the authorities fix it for reconditioned vehicles as per the Yellow Book while for new ones as per the announced price of importers which is discriminatory,” he said.
Abdul Haque also demanded setting up a standardisation agency here to ensure that no substandard or low-quality vehicle is imported.
He said they are facing a challenge to survive in the business following the complex policy. “So, an immediate solution is needed.”
The BARVIDA president claimed that the import of reconditioned vehicles is gradually decreasing due to the policy. “We imported 23,075 reconditioned vehicles in 2017-18 fiscal year. But the import decreased to 10,573 units in 2018-19 FY, depriving the government of Tk around 1,000 crore in revenue.”
He said over 850 members of BARVIDA provide around Tk 4,000 crore as revenue to the government every year.
About the allegation by new vehicle producers that reconditioned vehicles pollute the environment, Abdul Haque said it is motivated. “There’s traffic chaos in the city and there’s no proper route management. Black smoke from industries, rawhide and other wastes are polluting the environment but not our reconditioned vehicles being imported from Japan.”