PM: Duty-free cars that don’t pay taxes can be set on fire

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Prime Minister Hun Sen said he could order the destruction of around 5,000 duty-free vehicles that refused to pay taxes ordered by the royal government.

The Prime Minister made his statement while presiding over the closing ceremony of the 2021 Works Review Meeting and 2022 Works Direction of the Ministry of Interior on February 23, 2022 at Sokha Hotel in Phnom Penh.

The Prime Minister said the Ministry of Economy and Finance estimates that there are still more than 5,000 duty-free vehicles that have not been taxed.

The Prime Minister warned: “Those who have not yet paid the tax, about 5,000 more cars, please come out to pay the tax, be careful, [because] one day I [might] in order to burn the car, not too difficult.

I call on those who haven’t paid their taxes yet to get out there and pay their taxes.

The General Department of Customs and Excise of Cambodia started collecting the duty-free vehicle tax from September 9, 2021, offering a 10% tax reduction to vehicle owners who came to pay the tax before the deadline of the December 31, 2021.

The deadline having passed, car owners can still come and pay the tax, but they must pay 100%.

Cambodia’s General Department of Customs and Excise cooperated with law enforcement to crack down on duty-free vehicles.

The Prime Minister confirmed that from July 1, 2022, duty-free vehicles will be subject to strict and severe crackdowns, and right-hand drive vehicles after the crackdown will be dismantled into spare parts or destroyed.

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