CAIRO: The Joint Committee of the Egyptian Custom Authority and the Ministry of Trade and Industry announced Thursday a continuation of the ban on importing car parts.
The committee issued a publication to custom outlets that extends the ban on importing all kinds of cabins for trucks, vehicles, and vans except for parts used in passenger buses or cars. For imported car parts, the decision allows importers to dismantle certain parts into smaller pieces inside custom outlets but prohibits dismantling banned parts.
The joint committee decided in the beginning of February 2014 to halt the import of the front half of used cars and to store the imported freight at custom outlets.
The free trade zone in the Port Said governorate was designated by the committee to continue the import of car parts.
On Feb. 10, retailers of used car parts protested in front of the Ministry of Finance against the ban and the impound of incoming car parts.
The protesters asked for a 60-day grace period to stabilize their financial situations before the ban was enforced and requested to meet the Custom Authority’s general tariff director to present their demands.
The protesters argued that only designating the free trade zone in Port
Said to receive freight of car parts would increase prices in Egypt, mainly due to the additional expenses in the transfer from governorate to governorate.
The Custom Authority’s decision to ban the import of car parts came as a security measure to prevent using the front parts of cars in “acts of terrorism.”
However, the protesters said that “using imported parts for such acts would need technical support, whereas terrorists could always steal cars instead of doing such work,” Youm7 reported on Feb. 17.
From another side, Hussein Mostafa, the executive manager for Arab American Vehicles Company, said the Custom Authority’s decision to ban importing half-used car was too late.
According to Mostafa, the decision means to prevent fraud by prohibiting retailers from importing half cars that could been combined again in Egypt and sold with unofficial papers, Al Mal newspaper reported.
Additional reporting by Mona Diaa.