By NY Staff
An official decree to ban importing used cars into local markets is expected to enter into effect on the coming month in accordance with customs authorities directions. Informed sources reported that customs authorities directed seaports not to import any used cars from other countries after the first of July. The reported decree includes cars subjected to partial or total accidents, fire damage or any other accidents that resulted in partial or total destruction of imported vehicles.
The customs authority stressed upon its officers to end the import of cars that have no security and safety standard. Similarly, the land and sea ports were directed to stop accepting any imported cars originating in other countries, including the customs office in U.S..
This decision came after the import of over 200 thousand cars to Yemen during the past two years. As mentioned by sources in Hudeida’s port, the cars were legally imported to Yemen at very low prices through insurance companies. Sources in the customs authority stated that the Yemeni economy incurred big losses reach$8 thousand per imported vehicle.
Trading of used cars imported from the U.S. and European and Gulf markets spread recently in local markets, despite rapidly approaching expiration of the vehicles.
Mohammed Al-Saies, general manager of the containers station at the Hodeida port, stated that imports of used cars have increased remarkably increased the past few days. He noted that around four thousand cars enter into Yemen monthly through Hodeida port.
Representative of Sabeha Company Hani Sabeha said that car traders do not take into consideration safety standards and requirements when importing used automobiles. “The imported, used cars are almost destroyed and suffer mechanical defects,” he told National Yemen.
Observers have stated that Yemenis tend to buy used cars coming from U.S. or other countries. Vehicles trader Izz Addien Saleh noted that, aside from the wealthiest consumers, Yemenis do not buy expensive cars. “We import used cars from the U.S. that have been through accidents, repair them locally, and then resell them. Yemeni officials have stated that vehicular accidents in Yemen are primarily caused by these used cars.