The Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) is urging dealers and other importers to refrain from shipping vehicles to the country that are older than 8 years, since this is in violation of new regulations that became effective on May 1, 2016.
In a press release, GRA said the recent legislative changes to the Customs Act restricts motor vehicles that are eight years and older, from the date of manufacture to the date of importation, from entering Guyana.
The revenue body said it has already issued a number of notices to this effect in the media and therefore urges vehicle importers to desist from purchasing such vehicles and attempting to import same. Vehicles in contravention of the new regulations, GRA said, will be forfeited and disposed of, in accordance with the provisions of the Customs Laws. Other fines and penalties may also be imposed.
GRA said importers should note that the restriction excludes heavy-duty vehicles, namely; trucks, lorries, vehicles used in the agricultural and industrial sector and special purpose vehicles.