Car Imports Have Dropped by 83% During the Last 3 Months

The import of used cars saw a sharp decline of 83%, in terms of value, during the first quarter (July-Sep FY20) of the current fiscal year. Following the strict measures introduced by the government to check growing forex deficit, imports have drastically dropped.

According to the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS), import of used cars in completely built unit (CBU) condition went down to $14.69 million during July-September 2019/20 as compared with $87.21 million in the corresponding period last year

The commercial import of used or old cars is not allowed in the country under the law, however, the government allows overseas Pakistanis to bring cars into the country.

Pakistani nationals residing abroad, including dual nationals, can import old and used vehicles into Pakistan under personal baggage, gift and transfer of residence schemes. Cars not older than three years and other vehicles not older than five years can be imported under the schemes.

In February, the ministry of commerce amended Import Policy Order 2016 and made it mandatory for clearance of cars through foreign exchange, which should be certified by banks. Since then, the clearance of cars has stalled. Customs authorities state that a large number of imported cars are stuck at the port, but importers failed to make payments as per the procedure prescribed by the ministry of commerce.

In July-September, the import of heavy vehicles, including buses and trucks, declined 75% to $12.57 million from $50.15 million, while import of CBU motorcycles fell by 73% as compared with last year.

Overall, the import of vehicles in CKD dropped 27% to $261 million during the first quarter of 2019/20. The figure was recorded at $359 million in the corresponding period of the last fiscal year.

Further, the rates of locally-assembled cars for end consumers sharply increased during the period. These factors have reduced the productions of locally-manufactured cars and subsequently slashed the import of cars in CKD condition.

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  • Auto sector should increase manufacturing to cut costs rather then milk money by assembling older models for local use. If their manufacturing was mostly local then that would sell cars cheaper and people would buy them.

  • It is very encouraging news that old cars import is declining .The nation must learn now that we have too many cars here already stocked.Government done their job to stop spending millions for sake of greedy importers.Another shocking news for the importers that car imported all and every penny as custom duty be paid in FC.

      • My point is this that imported cars r very costly bcs there is duty in Pakistan ,The price in exporting countries not that expensive.

        On each imported car worth 60000 $ if a person in Pakistan paying 150% duty for sure the car will cost the owner 150000 Dollars now from now on the duty must be paid in FC.

        There r many cars on the road cost that much amount


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