The new service fee of custom control that taxes the pieces, materials and spare parts of vehicles, generates preoccupations among vehicle owners as well as transporters.
The new fee will affect the cost of the supplies for vehicles that have to be renewed frequently. The explanation was given yesterday, November 17, 2017 by Abel Gomez, president of the National Federation of Public Transportation.
Among the supplies that are most used are, bus tires. Each one costs around 400 and 500 Dollars.
Juan Carlos Andrade, from the federation, said that the production costs will have a 20 percent rise, keeping in mind that these vehicles require changing their tires two or three times a year. Andrade recognized that he does not know the details of the rise in other supplies that are needed every two or three months.
In supplies such as, clutches, injectors and filters the rises per unity are less than 15 cents, according to information given from a public office “camara de comercio” in Quito. The transporters fear that there could be a distortion to the prices.
Andrade also says that in this field there are constant needs to change filters, car oil and other parts and pieces to repair the motor, this are usually imported.
There is also uncertainty in the “ camara de transporte de Pichincha” this has a group of 2830 urban buses. Jose Santamaria, explained, per year a bus spends 3000 dollars for tires and between 2500 and 3000 in oil and filter change.
One of the problems that has made it difficult for this and other groups, calculate exactly how mucho higher thet supplies will costs, are the chances in the fees. According to David Molina, director of an Automobile Industry in Ecuador.
According to directives, the control unity has calculated the fee, and I registered variations between November 8 and 13.
Also mentioned that the last changes done on the fees that pay parts an pieces to fabricate a pick-up truck 4×4, will make the prices go higher.
He explained that it would even be cheaper to bring this type of vehicle imported, than to produce it here.
However, Soraya Jarrín, deputy director of regional support of the National Customs Service (Senae), explained that there were indeed adjustments until November 13, but they were minimal, and since then no further changes have been made.
Iván García, general manager of the dealer Ecsyauto, said that although he does not know to what extent spare parts and supplies will be more expensive, “every time there is an increase, sales slow down a bit”.
For Santiago Loaiza, owner of the Auto Works workshop, the greatest impact of the rate will be on spare parts that are not fast-moving.
Among them are inputs for corrective maintenance, such as air filters, fuel filters, tires, pads, shock absorbers, internal parts of the engine, valves and others.
Loaiza fears that the current instability will cause supply problems. He looks for a spare part for a Nissan vehicle engine, but his importer told him that he was going to import it from January until he sees what happens with the new customs taxes.
In relation to the costs, Loaiza exemplified that the air filter of a Hyundai Tucson IX 2014 cost between USD 12 and 17 depending on the brand, but with the new rate it will cost between USD 20 and 28. However, he reiterated that even there is no certainty of the values. (I)