The Council of the Eurasian Economic Commission decided to cancel the customs duty on the import of electric vehicles into the EAEU countries until 2024.

The Council of the Eurasian Economic Commission decided to cancel the customs duty on the import of electric vehicles into the EAEU countries until 2024. The decision will enter into force 10 days from the date of publication (March 18). But only citizens permanently residing in Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan will be exempted from paying the duty. The transfer of the rights to own, use and dispose of electric vehicles to persons who have citizenship and / or permanently reside in Russia is not allowed, the EEC stressed.

Starting from 2022, the import duty on the import of electric vehicles into the countries of the Union is 15% of the customs value. Before that, from May 4, 2020 until the end of 2021, there was a preferential regime for the import of electric vehicles into the EAEU, the duty was 0%. At the end of October last year, the EEC Council considered the issue of extending the preferential import regime for electric vehicles to the countries of the Customs Union until 2024. Russia then opposed this initiative, and in order for the EEC to make a positive decision, all countries participating in the union had to vote in favor.

Andrey Slepnev, Minister for Trade of the EEC, told Vedomosti that the use of tariff incentives in combination with other measures aimed at stimulating demand for electric vehicles, their production and the development of a network of charging stations will help create a “window of opportunity” for a wider distribution of such vehicles. , as well as for their release in the EAEU.