The law providing for reduction of excise duties and cheapening of used imported cars could not be signed by the chairman of the Verkhovna Rada and sent to the President for his signature due to the fact that a deputy from the “Revival” group, lobbying his own business interests among other things, had registered a resolution to revoke this law for which the Parliament had voted.
The arguments of the lobbyists that the budget will receive less money because of the reduction of the excise duty are dispelled by Tetiana Ostrikova:
“The state itself encouraged people to import used cars resorting to various schemes: when vehicles are imported under the transit regime and once in 5-10 days people just have to cross the border back and forth, or understate the customs value and pay bribes to customs officers, or when such cars get customs clearance through different schemes, in parts – the engine separately, the body separately. And thus the budget loses filling the pockets of customs officers and other officials involved in this. Therefore, we must put an end to this once and for all and make equal the tax burden on new and used imported cars. This has been done in Slovakia, Estonia, Hungary – they began to import more used cars legally and therefore pay more into the budget. Therefore, the Verkhovna Rada has rejected an attempt of the car lobby to keep the old schemes. Now we have to ask the head of state to sign the law and give people the opportunity to choose between buying specimens of Chinese car industry in Ukraine at the prices of European middle class cars or order and get affordable high-quality European cars,” said the lawmaker.