Imports of second-hand vehicles will no longer be allowed after December 9th this year as authorities step up curbs on fraud, irregularities, corruption and pollution, according to the Commerce Ministry.
Currently, people can bring in used cars from abroad but they have to apply for import permits from the ministry first. The ministerial order on the ban, published in the Royal Gazette on June 13, takes effect 180 days later, or on Dec 10.
The change aims to address evasion of control measures, fraud and document forgery
Adul Chotinisakorn, director-general of the ministry’s Foreign Trade Department, stated that the ministry’s announcement means classifying used vehicles as prohibited goods whose imports must be approved first would take effect soon. For imports of other types of second-hand vehicles, the ministry will transfer the approving mandate to other related agencies.
He said people seeking to bring in used vehicles from abroad must import them by December 9th. “If all papers are in order, the department will take no more than 25 days to make the decisions.” He said an importer had to obtain a permit before bringing the vehicle into the country and the permit would be good only until December 9th.
The ministry estimates at least 1,000 second-hand cars are smuggled or imported as parts to be reassembled in the country each year.