TPP to remove car tariffs in 13 years hinh anh 1An automobile showroom on Nghi Tam Street, Hanoi (Photo: VNA)
Hanoi (VNA) - Countries of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), including Vietnam, will remove tariff on new cars in the 13th year after the agreement comes into effect, a finance ministry official said.

Speaking at a press conference in Hanoi last week, Deputy Head of the ministry's International Cooperation Development Ha Duy Tung said that most of the domestically-assembled cars had an engine displacement of below 3,000cc. Meanwhile, tariffs on cars with displacement of 3,000cc and above would be lifted in the 10th year.

As for used cars, Vietnam would apply a tariff quota for a moderate amount. The country would allow the import of 66 units in the first year after the TPP takes effect. The figure would be regularly increased to reach 150 units in the 16th year.

At the same time, the tariff on used cars in quota will be reduced to zero percent. As for the car out of quota, it will be taxed following the most-favoured nation tariff in the World Trade Organisation's commitments.

"No country encourages the import of used cars. However, in the TPP regime, the common principle is to cut tariff on all goods. That is why we have set the quota limit. Such a small quota will not impact the domestic automobile market," Tung said.

The import of used cars to Vietnam has been closely managed. The vehicles are required to be not more than five years old. It should be registered for at least six months and must have run about 10,000km and above. The used car importers must be the brand's official suppliers or agents of automakers.

According to the Vietnam Automobile Manufacturers' Association (VAMA), sales in Vietnam reached 22,368 units in October, an increase of 5 percent compared with last month. Of these, passenger cars took the lead with 58 percent, commercial cars with 37 percent and the remainder were special-purpose cars.

Truong Hai Auto Corporation (Thaco) increased its sale with 7,282 units – accounting for 38 percent of the market share – taking the lead in Vietnam. It was followed by Toyota Motor Vietnam and Ford Vietnam with 4,372 units and 2,139 units, occupying nearly 22.8 percent and 11.2 percent of the market share, respectively.

Toyota continued to sell a majority of the top five best-selling models in October and still maintained the positions of key models such as Vios, Innova and Fortuner. Two new models in the list were Kia Morning of Thaco and Ford Ranger of Ford Vietnam.-VNA