Government Proposes Decree To Restrict Import of Used Cars

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QCOSTARICA – Sales of used cars could be affected, if a proposed decree that restricts the import of vehicles over six years old, to reduce the impact on the environment, is approved.

However, the Cámara Costarricense Automotriz (Costa Rican Automotive Chamber) takes the position that the age of the imported vehicle should not matter as long as they comply with the environment regulations established by the Riteve, the vehicular inspection service. Representatives of the Camara are expected to meet with the Minister of the Environment, Edgar Guttierez.

Another objective of the decree is close the loophole in the auto import industry, a loophole that allows the importation of vehicles totalled or in poor condition in countries like the United States, into Costa Rica and put into circulation.

Earlier this month the Asociación de Importadores de Vehículos y Maquinaria (Aivema)  – asosciation of importers of vehicles and machinery – denounced that in the past year more than 2,000 vehicles “totalled” in their country of origin, mainly the U.S., entered the country and the Dirección General de Aduanas (Customs) is failing in its controls.

Rafael Bonilla, director of Aduanas, told La Nacion that the task of monitoring the quality of products imported is not their task, … continue reading