AvtoVAZ Wants Parts Duty Dropped

AvtoVAZ and partner Renault are lobbying the government to eliminate tariffs on imported car parts, Vedomosti reported Tuesday, citing unidentified officials at the Economic Development and Trade Ministry.

The government lowered tariffs three years ago to 3 percent or eliminated them entirely on some parts imported for car assembly plants, Vedomosti reported.

Other components, including tires and auto-body sheet metal, did not receive the lower duties, the newspaper said. The duty on tires is 20 percent, while the tariff on sheet metal is 5 percent, the newspaper said.

The Economic Development and Trade Ministry does not think AvtoVAZ's proposal is warranted, the newspaper said, citing unidentified people with knowledge of the matter.

A ministry spokesperson declined to comment to Vedomosti.