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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Car Import Tariffs Won’t Be Changed

Existing car import tariffs will stay unchanged for at least another nine months, a government committee decided late Wednesday night.

A government committee on tariff policy, chaired by First Deputy Prime Minister Viktor Zubkov, decided to temporarily extend the tariffs, according to the government web site.

The tariffs were introduced in January for a period of nine months, despite protests in the Far East, where most people drive imported Japanese cars. The new rules, aimed at boosting domestic production, increased tariffs on used import automobiles by as much as 200 percent.

The measures helped domestic automakers increase their market share from 43 percent to 61 percent since January, at the expense of customs tariffs collections for new cars, which decreased to 42.7 billion rubles ($1.3 billion) in the first half of 2009 from 88.6 billion rubles in the same period the year before, according to Avtostat data.