Angolan government increases import tax on motorcycles to reduce road-traffic accidents

9 July 2014

Import tax on motorcycles in Angola has risen by 50 percent since 2012, a tax measure that is intended to reduce imports of the vehicles, said the director of the tariffs department of the Angolan National Customs Directorate.

Cited by Angolan news agency Angop, Garcia Afonso said that the tax measure was intended to reduce the number of motorcycles that are imported as they are one of the main causes of accidents on Angola’s roads and therefore of loss of human life.

The measure was particularly focused on motorcycles with larger engines which, as well as causing accidents, are also the main form of transport used by criminals, particularly in the country’s capital, to carry out robberies on the city’s streets.

Afonso, who was speaking in Ndalatando, the capital of Kwanza Norte province, about the new customs tariffs in place in Angola since 2012, said that the decision to introduce the new tariffs was intended to reduce imports of some products and improve regulation of imports across the country.

He also noted that the idea behind the new tariffs was also to raise some import taxes in order to make it more difficult to import some products that could be produced in Angola. (macauhub/AO)