AMMAN: The number of customs-cleared hybrid vehicles in Jordan increased by 19.3 per cent in 2017 compared to 2016, a sector leader said on Thursday. The statistics also showed that the customs clearance of regular fuel cars increased by 23.4 per cent to reach 44,000 vehicles in 2017 compared 33,700 in 2016. Regarding exports, the number has dropped by 7.4 per cent in comparison to 2016 reaching 35,000 vehicles instead of 37,700 in 2016. JFZIC President Nabeel Rumman told The Jordan Times that the drop in export has begun with the turmoil in the region, especially due to the closure Iraq borders.
Jordan used to export around 100,000 cars annually, of which 80 per cent to Iraq and the rest to Saudi Arabia and Egypt, according to Rumman. The commission’s chief attributed the hike in customs clearance of hybrid cars to the approaching deadline of the government’s decision to cancel the exemption of customs fees granted to this sort of vehicles. Hybrid cars pay a reduced special tax of 25 per cent of its price, instead of 55 per cent for regular fuel cars. The decision came into effect in 2012 and has been renewed every year henceforth. People are also given the choice to de-registrate old fully gasoline-operated cars (10 years or older), hand them to authorities and receive a partial exemption from the special tax to register a new hybrid car, on which the tax levied is 12.5 per cent, instead of 40 per cent for regular cars. The decision to cancel the exemptions, which takes effect at the end of this month, will raise the prices of hybrid cars between JD4,000 and JD8,000, said Rumman. For fully electrical cars, which are not included in the new decision and will remain exempted, the sector leader said that 5,950 were cleared last year.