KATHMANDU, DECEMBER 13
The Department of Commerce (DoC) has started a study on the import of Tesla cars in Nepal.
After receiving information about the Tesla electric vehicles being imported through an under-invoiced statement, the department has started investigation into the issue. “Recently we got information regarding the import of Tesla Model X and Tesla Model 3 cars through under-invoiced documents. Hence, we have started an internal study on this case,” mentioned Shishir Ghimire, information officer at the DoC.
He further said that the department is collecting documents and other information related to the issue.
On January 29, Shreema Distributors had imported two units of Tesla Model X from South China EXIM Ltd, Hong Kong. However, it has been revealed that the company imported those cars without presenting the authorised distributor certificate from Tesla which was required for import.
The budget for the current fiscal year had introduced a policy whereby anyone could import a vehicle of any brand by paying 30 per cent extra duty, however, Shreema managed to import the aforementioned vehicles before the policy was endorsed.
After a revision in the budget, the excise duty on electric vehicles is based on the rated motor power of the vehicle and not on the battery size or power. Shreema Distributors managed to get the vehicle registered at the Department of Transport Management (DoTM) with ‘help’ from the Supreme Court after a legal battle.
Similarly, ARETE International imported three units of Tesla Model 3 Long Range AWD on November 24 from South China