The removal of customs duties for the import of electric cars is requested
Citizens of Kosovo, in addition to excise duty, pay 10 percent customs tax for importing electric cars.
During this year, about 241 electric cars, worth over 8 million euros, were cleared. Meanwhile, economy and traffic experts say that citizens should be exempted from this payment, in order to enable them to reach these vehicles as easily as possible.
In addition, it is estimated that the value of VAT for the import of electric vehicles should also be reduced. Meanwhile, Albania is among the first countries in the region that has removed the payment of the customs tax for the import of electric cars. And also reduce the VAT.
The President of the Chamber of Commerce of Kosovo, Lulzim Rafuna, tells KosovaPress that Kosovo should take a quick step to exempt electric cars from customs tax.
The reason for this, Rafuna mentions the fact that very soon the countries in the European Union will not be allowed to circulate cars with combustion of derivatives.
"Electric cars should definitely be, not only duty-free, but also reduced Value Added Tax. We have asked for this, that is, to stimulate the market, to enable citizens to reach electric cars as easily as possible. When it is known now that very soon, due to the decision in the countries of the European Union that they have taken until a certain time, it will no longer be allowed to circulate cars with combustion of derivatives. Thus, Kosovo must also take a very big step and quickly to exempt electric cars from the customs tax and reduce the VAT for electric cars from 18 percent to the lowest possible level", said Rafuna.
Likewise, the traffic expert, Nol Dedaj, considers that the customs tax for electric cars should be removed, while adding that the vehicle customs system is outdated and that, according to him, it should be renewed.
Dedaj added that the institutions do not decide to remove the customs because they "only look at how much they lose financially".
"Certainly, customs should be removed in Kosovo, for vehicles that use electricity for movement. Another problem with customs is that the vehicle customs system is outdated, which needs to be repaired and other forms need to be made, so that the market of Kosovo should be refreshed with vehicles. As for electric vehicles, it is already a trend in western countries that they do not pay customs duties, de facto, they produce them themselves. Kosovo should definitely synchronize vehicle customs clearance 6- year-old to 12-year-old. Customs is dealing with such nonsense, sometimes it takes 12, 10 times 14, they are not in European and professional standards. All this is done because the budget is damaged financially, they never pay it again they think about ecology and road safety, but they always look at how much they are losing financially", said Dedaj.
Meanwhile, Kosovo Customs, through a written response to KosovaPress, said that during this year, 241 electric cars were imported, with a total value of around 8.6 million euros. This institution emphasizes that for the import of an electric vehicle, citizens pay 10 percent customs tax and 18 percent VAT.
"During the year 2023, 241 electric cars were imported into our country, with a total value of about 8.6 million euros. For the import of such a car, 10% customs tax and 18% VAT are paid", their answer states.
Otherwise, the General Directorate of Customs in Albania, in implementation of European directives, has been the first among the customs administrations of the region to embrace the environmentalist approach regarding fiscal facilities for electric cars.
In 2020, Albania removed the payment of Value Added Tax (VAT) at customs for the import of electric vehicles.
During 2020, about 215 new electric vehicles were imported to Albania, 309 in 2021 and about 500 last year./KSP