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car importing gone loco!

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car importing gone loco!

Post Posted: Fri Jan 16, 2009 5:40 am

I recently read someone say on this site that the fee's for importing a car would be a thing of the past from January 2009... and they were sort of correct Rolling Eyes

A Portuguese friend of mine wanted to register his 1992 bmw 320i(worth around 3000 euros max I would guess), in December the price would be....

with cº2 at 200mg= 1560 euros

and with cº2 at 240mg= 2300 euros

now the shocker(new system apparently for 2009)
200mg= 6500 euros

240mg= 10300 euros


Just as you thought it could not get worse eh?! (laugh or you will cry)
This puts an end to any ideas of importing something around 10 years old & powerfull for a toy!

Not sure if newish low emissions cars will now be cheaper than before....im guessing thats the idea?

 

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Post Posted: Fri Jan 16, 2009 6:01 am

I think its all a part of the Portuguese government trying to discourage people importing cars and buying in Portugal to boost the market, after all cars are a lot cheaper in UK and other EU countries than they are in Portugal. Well thats my opinion , maybe I'm wrong. I should imagine that if the 1992 BMW was originally Portuguese plated it would have a resale value of €7000 or more.

 

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Post Posted: Fri Jan 16, 2009 6:14 am

I paid €2500 towards end of last year.
I have just checked on Financas website and now it would be €12,665!


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Post Posted: Fri Jan 16, 2009 2:59 pm

Hi, we have the same problem in Romania, before the elections in November they eliminated the import tax for a few weeks, but then said there was a problem with the computer system and did not process any cars.

After the election they tripled the tax, corruption at its best!

Paul_RO

 

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Post Posted: Fri Jan 16, 2009 3:52 pm

- Jayjan

I think its all a part of the Portuguese government trying to discourage people importing cars and buying in Portugal to boost the market, after all cars are a lot cheaper in UK and other EU countries than they are in Portugal. Well thats my opinion , maybe I'm wrong. I should imagine that if the 1992 BMW was originally Portuguese plated it would have a resale value of €7000 or more.



It makes a complete mockery of the principles of the Treaty of Rome which established the principle of free trade within the EU.

The Govt. of Portugal (and Romania) can say yes you can bring your UK vehicle into Portugal freely, but it doesn't meet our local environmental regulations so you must pay a high local licensing fee which is in effect a local tax and not a customs duty.

Brussels will say there is nothing they can do because it is a local tax and does not technically impede trade.

This procedure, in the language of international trade lawyers, is what is called a "non-tariff barrier". As the Portuguese government can plead they are also protecting the environment, Brussels will do nothing. Meanwhile the local motor trade are protected and prices will not drop because of a lack of competition.

It is a complete mockery of the rights of individual EU citizens. However, this has been going on for years. In the EU, democracy is a joke and lip service is only paid to "free-trade" when it suits the Eurocrats.

 

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Post Posted: Fri Jan 16, 2009 5:01 pm

Given that Portugal does not manufacture cars the only reason for all this is revenue raising. All cars in Portugal are imported. This just results in cars being more expensive here. How does this benefit Portugal? Evil or Very Mad

 

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Post Posted: Fri Jan 16, 2009 5:51 pm

Twisted Evil

 

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