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MoF urged to revise automobile industry laws

Update: February, 13/2018 - 09:54
The Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT) has asked the Ministry of Finance to remove the special consumption tax for locally-manufactured auto parts.— Photo

HÀ NỘI — The Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT) has asked the Ministry of Finance to remove the special consumption tax for locally-manufactured auto parts.

This is part of a recommendation document that MoIT sent to the finance ministry in order to revitalise domestic automobile industry in the future and reduce the import of autos.

The MoIT said that it is needed to have more measures to help local automakers cut production cost and accelerate the product’s competition capacity as well as revising policies on tax and fees.

The ministry wanted the finance ministry to exempt the import tax on materials for part and components manufacturers who invest in Việt Nam, which should be in association with their commitment on long-term investment, volume of products, technology transfer and use of local labour force.

The MoIT also recommends the application of a tax payment guarantee for a period of eight months instead of the current 30 days.

The MoIT expected the finance ministry to study to amend and supplement a number of the above contents, which were proposed by Thành Công Group, with regard to laws on value-added tax, special consumption tax, and corporate income tax, in addition to personal income tax and natural resources protection tax.

Earlier, at the review conference of the industry and trade sector held in Hà Nội on January 15, General Director of Hyundai Thành Công Lê Ngọc Đức proposed that the MoIT, in co-ordination with the finance ministry, consider several recommendations as those mentioned above.

According to Đức, in order to achieve the goal of developing the automobile industry in Việt Nam, the Government has issued decrees such as Decree 116 on conditions for production, assembly, import and business of warranty service, car maintenance, and Decree 125 that regulates the roadmap for import duty exemptions of parts and components for manufacturers who meet conditions such as emission standards, engine displacement capacity for the car with nine seats and less, passenger car and truck.

However, he said such privileges were not strong enough to be of significant priority for locally-assembled autos to help them compete with complete built-up units imported from ASEAN.

Under the ASEAN Free Trade Agreement (AFTA) commitments, a zero per cent tax has been applied on cars imported from the bloc with a localisation rate of 40 per cent or more in the country of origin from January 1.

A MoIT report quoted by showed that the price of an automobile in Việt Nam is currently high in the region but its quality is lower than an imported one.

“Locally-assembled autos in Việt Nam have a similar price doubling as those seen in regional countries and much higher than other countries which have a stable automobile industry such as Japan and the United States,” said the report.

"The domestic automobile industry has not yet reached the standards of the real automobile industry because most are at the level of simple assembly; the production line mainly consists of four key stages including welding, painting, assembly and inspection. There is no co-operation, linkage and specialisation between automakers and assemblers and part suppliers. There is no such system used by material suppliers and large-scale parts and components makers.

"The localisation rate of new autos is only between 7 per cent and 10 per cent on average (compared to the target of 40 per cent in 2005 and 60 per cent in 2010). Currently, locally-produced products with very low technological content are tubes, tires, chairs, mirrors, cables, plastic products and batteries," the report pointed out.

MoIT has on numerous occasions warned that if such privileges and incentives were not approved, the domestic automobile industry would find it difficult to compete with imported cars. — VNS

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