MoC reports arrival of home EV chargers

Home chargers for battery electric vehicles (BEVs) have arrived at the designated port, according to the Ministry of Commerce. On 21 February 2023, five 7 kW GB AC home EV chargers were released at the port by Chindwin Shan Co Ltd. To support the EV sector in the domestic market, imports of chargers for electric vehicles have been exempted from Customs tariffs. Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC) released a notification dated 15 February that it will give priority to electric vehicles (EVs) and related business sectors.

In the exercise of the power conferred under Sections 43 and 100 (B) of the Myanmar Investment Law, MIC issued this statement with the approval of the Union government. Enterprises executing installation, manufacturing and restoration services of the EVs, renewable electricity generation, EVs charging service businesses, electric vehicle battery production, EV battery and related service business, electric bus operation services, electric taxi and transport service businesses and scientific research development business are included in those priority sectors.

During the establishment and ideation phase for incorporation and operations, those businesses can seek a permit from the MIC to enjoy tariff relief or zero-customs tariff status and the exemption for other taxes levied in the country under Section 77 (A) of the Myanmar Investment Law and income tax exemption under Section 75 (C) of the Myanmar Investment Law for the importations of machinery, essential equipment and accessories, spare parts and construction raw materials that cannot be found in domestic markets.

Electric vehicles (EVs) are entitled to zero-Customs tariff status, according to the notification released in early November 2022 by the Ministry of Planning and Finance. To encourage the number of EV users and improve the related business, tariffs for battery electric vehicles (BEVs) imported under Completely Built Up (CBU), Completely Knocked Down (CKD) and Semi-Knocked Down (SKD) in Customs Tariff of Myanmar 2022 were reduced to zero per cent in accordance with the decision of the Union Government.

Types of battery electric vehicles (BEVs) include road tractors for semi-trailers, buses or motor vans for the transport of ten or more people including the driver, trucks, motor vehicles for personal use, three-wheeled vehicles for the transport of persons, three-wheeled vehicles for the transport of goods, electric motorcycles, electric bicycles, ambulances, prison vans and hearses. According to this directive, the imports of spare parts (for instance, charging station equipment and device) with the recommendation of the Ministry of Electricity and Energy and the spare parts with the recommendation of the Department of Industry can be done between 2 November 2022 and 31 March 2023. 

Source: The Global New Light of Myanmar

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