Sri Lanka imported over 10,000 vehicles, mainly cars, in the four months after import duty was slashed in June this year while state revenue has also soared
A senior finance ministry official said in the first nine months of this year, the government earned about 15 billion rupees on taxes on vehicle imports. S R Attygalle, director-general of fiscal policy said that in the January-September 2010 period, the government earned 9,920 million rupees on excise duty on vehicle imports alone compared with only 1,995 million rupees in the same 2009 period. Apart from excise duty, there are other taxes on vehicle imports such as value-added tax, port and airport levy, and customs duty which all enabled the government to earn about 15 billion rupees from vehicle imports in the first nine months of this year. Mr. Atygalle said 11,815 vehicles were imported in the nine months to September 2010, compared with only 1,282 vehicles imported in the same 2009 period.