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Wednesday January 19, 2022

Small cars prices to rise if minibudget passed

January 15, 2022
Small cars prices to rise if minibudget passed

KARACHI: Government’s drive to provide cheap cars to the public would take a hit if the Finance (Supplementary) Bill 2021 gets the approval of the upper house to slap federal excise duty(FED) of 2.5 percent on cars below 1000cc as well as a sales tax of 17 percent on 1000cc cars.

“It has been done to meet IMF (International Monetary Fund) conditions,” said Engineering Development Board Chairman Almas Hyder. “But the philosophy is still there. Taxes have gone up for small engine cars at lower than it has been increased for bigger engine cars.”

Hyder said that despite taxes going up and subsequent prices, the sales volume of car makers would cross 300,000 cars as manufacturers already have a big number of orders.

“The cars below 1000cc will see their price going up again,” said JS Research’s research analyst Wasil Zaman. “It may look like as if cars below 850cc will only see FED going up and not sales tax, but one must remember that the segment is highly price sensitive. I think Suzuki Alto’s high sales will see its momentum losing steam soon,” he added.

The 660cc Alto is the only locally manufactured car that falls under the below 850cc slab. More than 9,000 units of Alto were sold in December 2021.

Previously, there was zero FED on cars up to 1000cc, while the government had imposed 2.5 percent FED on 1000cc-2000cc cars, and 5 percent FED on cars above 2000cc. But in the new bill, the government has introduced a new slab of up to 1300cc cars, on which a FED of 2.5 percent would be implemented, while on cars with engine capacity between 1300cc and 2000cc, the FED would be 5 percent, and above 2000cc cars, it would be 10 percent.

According to Zaman, if the bill was passed in the Senate, it would impact the prices of Suzuki Alto, Kia Picanto, Suzuki Cultus and Wagon-R by Rs26,000 to Rs57,000.

Meanwhile, cars that previously fell under 1000cc, will also see their sales tax going up from 12.5 percent to 17 percent. It is expected to jack up car prices between Rs70,000 and Rs100,000.

Zaman said that the companies might also pass on increasing raw material cost when they announce new prices.

“The smaller cars will actually get affected,” said auto industry expert Mashood Khan. “A person buying a car worth Rs5 million won’t find it difficult to pay few lacs more.”

Khan added that with interest rates also going up, he sees demand for cars to slow down. He said roughly 40 percent of the car sales happened through car financing.

The former Pakistan Association of Automotive Parts and Accessories (PAAPAM) chairman said that the impact would be observed in the second quarter of the calendar year 2022. It was because buyers would be receiving deliveries of cars they have already booked in the first quarter.

Last year in the budget, the government reduced taxes and duties especially on small-engine ‘common man’ cars.

The reduction in taxes and duties saw car prices going down between Rs60,000 to up to Rs400,000 in one case.

The government reduced FED on all vehicles even above 1000cc by 2.5 percent. Sales tax was reduced on vehicles below 1000cc from 17 percent to 12.5 percent.

Meanwhile, 7 percent additional custom duty (ACD) was removed on cars below 1000cc and reduced on cars above 1000cc to 2 percent. There is a lack of clarity on ACD at the moment.

The government, initially, had taken the step to reduce the prices of cars in the entry-level segment, considered to entertain the middle and lower-income groups. But the government went on to extend the duties’ incentives on high-end cars too. This was done to incentivise car makers and parts industry to go for localisation.

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    Autotrder commented 2 days ago

    Pakistan can save upto $10 Billion dollar of government ban local assembly of cars and allow only used Japanese cars of less then ¥3 lac for 1 year

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