Tax ex­emp­tion sought for child car seats

> Plan will boost af­ford­abil­ity of child re­strain­ing sys­tem

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS - BY SHAHRIM TAMRIN

PUTRAJAYA: The Trans­port Min­istry will re­quest the govern­ment for ex­emp­tion to be given on im­port duty and Goods and Ser­vices Tax (GST) for child car seats.

Deputy Trans­port Minister Datuk Aziz Kaprawi (pix) said the tax ex­emp­tion re­quest for the child re­strain­ing sys­tem (CRS) is part of the Bud­get 2017 wish­list by the min­istry to be sub­mit­ted to the Fi­nance Min­istry be­fore the tabling of the bud­get next month.

“We want to make child car seats af­ford­able to par­ents as we re­alise that the cost is part of the rea­son why they are re­luc­tant to pur­chase and in­stall it in their ve­hi­cles,” he told theSun.

“We hope our pro­posal will be ac­cepted by the govern­ment,” Aziz said.

Cur­rently, child car seats are be­ing im­posed with GST to­gether with im­port tax duty of up to 30%. The item is cat­e­gorised as car ac­ces­sories un­der HS 9401.2 cod­ing by the Cus­toms Depart­ment. How­ever, not all im­ported child car seats are im­posed with the high tax struc­ture.

“For ex­am­ple, if we sourced it from China, there won’t be any im­port tax duty due to the Asean Free Trade Agree­ment (Afta). But if it’s a non-Afta deal, it en­tails 30% tax duty,” said a lo­cal sup­plier in the Klang Val­ley.

Road Safety Depart­ment direc­tor-gen­eral Datuk Arifin Che Mat said most R44cer­ti­fied child seats avail­able in the mar­ket are im­ported items.

He added that they have been talk­ing with lo­cal dis­trib­u­tors and car man­u­fac­tur­ers for the past few months on how they can re­duce the price of child car seats.

It is learnt that the Trans­port Min­istry will em­bark on a year-long safety cam­paign by the end of Novem­ber to en­cour­age par­ents to in­stall the CRS ahead of the min­istry’s plan to reg­u­late it by 2019.

ZULFADHLI ZAKI/THE SUN

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