Import ban on parts to go by phases


  • Business
  • Thursday, 24 Mar 2011

KUALA LUMPUR: The prohibition on importation of used automotive parts and components will be implemented gradually starting from the first phase with the most critical items, namely brake linings, brake pads, tyres and batteries with effective June 1, 2011.

Ministry of International Trade and Industry (Miti) secretary-general Datuk Rebecca Fatima Sta Maria (pic) said the ban would be done in stages starting with those that have significant impact on safety.

“For the other items, we will work with the industry as well as the Government bodies to make sure standards are in place before a decision is taken,” she said after the meeting between the Government agencies and representatives from the Federation of Engineering and Motor Parts Traders’ Associations, Malaysia (FEMPTAM) and Federation of Automobile Workshop Owners Association of Malaysia (FAWOAM) yesterday.

The meeting was to discuss the gradual phase-out of imported used parts and components beginning June this year.

She said the decision was made in consultation with Ministry of Transport, Road Transport Department, Road Safety Department, Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research, Customs Department, Ministry of Domestic Trade, Cooperative and Consumerism, Malaysia Automotive Institute, Malaysian Automotive Component Parts Manufacturers, FEMPTAM and FAWOAM.

FEMPTAM president Lim Wei Fook said there were 5,000 operators locally in the used-parts import business generating a total sales of RM12bil a year.

He said most of the used parts and components were imported from Europe and Japan. Local sourcing is minimal.

Under the review of the National Automotive Policy which was announced on Oct 28, 2009, the Government has decided to gradually prohibit imports of used automotive parts and components effective from June 2011.

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