GDCE reminds right-hand drive vehicle owners of tax deadline

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A right-hand-drive truck on the move along Hun Sen Blvd in Phnom Penh’s Meanchey district last month. Heng Chivoan

The General Department of Customs and Excise (GDCE) has issued the owners of right-hand drive (RHD) vehicles registered by July 31 a reminder to fulfil their tax obligations.

RHD vehicle owners were warned on August 16 that they face confiscation by customs officials or relevant authorities should they fail to meet a forthcoming deadline.

Following the deadline for the registration of untaxed RHD vehicles, their owners will have to pay outstanding import taxes and VAT by October 8.

"[The GDCE] wish to remind [RHD] vehicle owners who have registered them but have yet to pay import taxes and VAT [value-added tax] to fulfil their obligations as soon as possible.

"Failing to meet the deadline for paying tax and VAT obligations will result in strict measures being enforced," GDCE said.

GDCE stressed it is currently conducting operations against vehicles that had not been registered before the July 31 deadline, with them subject to confiscation in accordance with applicable laws and regulations.

According to a GDCE report, in the first five days of the crackdown, from August 8-12, customs officials – in cooperation with the gendarmerie – confiscated 27 vehicles, 16 of which were RHD.

GDCE deputy director Pha Eng Veng said that as of July 31, of the more than 9,800 RHD vehicles in the Kingdom, just 3,000 had fulfilled their tax and VAT obligations, with 6,000 still outstanding.