Customs duty exemption on EVs, components extended for one more year

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Electric vehicles (EVs) are pictured at the container yard of Yangon Port.

Customs duty exemption on battery electric vehicles (BEVs) and their components is extended until the end of March 2024, according to the Ministry of Planning and Finance.
To encourage the number of EV users and improve the related business, the tariff of battery electric vehicles (BEVs) imported under Completely Built Up (CBU), Completely Knocked Down (CKD) and Semi-Knocked Down (SKD) in Customs Tariff of Myanmar 2022 were reduced to zero per cent, in accordance with the decision of the Union Government.
Types of BEVs include road tractors for semi-trailers, buses or motor vans for the transport of ten or more people including the driver, truck, motor vehicle for personal use, three-wheeled vehicles for the transport of persons, three-wheeled vehicles for the transport of goods, electric motorcycle, electric bicycle, ambulance, Prison vans and Hearses.
According to the directive, the imports of spare parts (for instance, charging station equipment and device) with the recommendation of the Ministry of Electricity and Energy and the spare parts with the recommendation of the Department of Industry can be done between 1 April 2023 and 31 March 2024.
Myanmar Investment Commission also released a statement on 15 February that electric vehicles and related businesses will be promoted as the priority sector, as per its notification dated 15 February.
In the exercise of the power conferred by Sections 43 and 100 (B) of Myanmar Investment Law, the MIC issued this statement with the approval of the Union government.
Enterprises executing installation, manufacturing and restoration services of the EVs, renewable electricity generation, EVs charging service businesses, electric vehicle battery production, EV battery and related service business, electric bus operation services, electric taxi and transportation service businesses and scientific research development business are included in those priority sectors.
During the establishment and ideation phase for incorporation and operations, those businesses can seek permits from the MIC to enjoy tariff relief or zero-customs tariff status and the exemption for other taxes levied in the country under Section 77 (A) of the Myanmar Investment Law and income tax exemption in line with the section 75 (C) of the Myanmar Investment Law for the importations of machinery, essential equipment and accessories, spare parts and construction raw materials that cannot be found in domestic markets.
Myanmar has been bringing in electric vehicles (EVs) under the customs tariff relaxation through seaborne and border trade routes, according to the Ministry of Commerce. — NN/EM

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