The Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) has informed vehicle importers that with effect from June 1, 2017, vehicles being imported with used tyres including the spare, which do not conform to the stipulated standards set out following the recently amended Laws, will be required to pay fines for each tyre not in conformity.
In a statement, the revenue collection agency said the category of motor vehicles for which the used tyres are restricted includes motor cars, vans, sport utility vehicles, pick-ups, buses and other similar vehicles.
The restriction excludes heavy duty vehicles including trucks, lorries, vehicles used in the agricultural and industrial sector and special purpose vehicles.
The restriction on used tyres became effective on April 1, last, but the GRA says that it has been observed that vehicles are still being imported with used tyres.
The standard set for used tyres to be allowed (once they are imported with the vehicle) is no less than 6mm in measurement.
According to the GRA, “this standard was set and is being monitored by GRA in conjunction with the Guyana National Bureau of Standards (GNBS). However, when tyres are imported separately, only brand new tyres shall be allowed into the country. This measure also became effective April 1 in accordance with the amended Law.”
Importers of used tyres on vehicles not in conformity with the 6 mm and over standard will be fined as follows for each tyre:
Importers of vehicles not in conformity will be required to pay the fines per tyre prior to the vehicles being released by Customs.
The GRA is also reminding importers that the duty charged on new tyres was reduced from 30 to 15 percent and that new rate became effective back in February.