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Difficult to reduce Environment Tax for gasoline under Euro 4 standard

15:46 | 04/04/2018

VCN- Commenting on the draft Resolution on the Environmental protection tariff, it was proposed that the Environmental protection tax rate is imposed on  gasoline and diesel from  level 4 or more, lower than VND 1,000 per liter to encourage the use of clean fuels.

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The level of environmental pollution depends on the technology and time of a vehicle’s manufacture for using the technology . Photo: H.V.

Because the Prime Minister’s Decision 49/2011/QD-TTg on the roadmap for application of emission standards for newly manufactured, assembled and imported automobiles and motorcycles, from 1st January 2018, petroleum operators have supplied high standard gasoline and diesel (European emission level 4 standards (Euro 4) or more). Thereby, the provision on the Environmental protection tax rate on gasoline and diesel of from level 4 or more , lower than the level 4 with a minimum of VND 1,000 per liter will encourage the use of clean fuels.

However, according to the Ministry of Finance, the national standard QCVN 1:2015/BKHCN for gasoline, diesel and biofuel stipulates that gasoline types (including unleaded gasoline, E5 biofuel , E10 biofuel and diesel oil; B5 and B10 diesel fuel) are subject to quality standards at levels 2, 3 and 4, in which the sulfur content is the highest at level 2 (500 mg/kg) and the lowest at level 4 (50 mg/kg), other indicators are at the same level.

However, the level of pollution depends on the technology used, and the time of a vehicle’s manufacture for using the technology. In order to solve the problem of environmental pollution, apart from taking the measures to collect tax and collect a fee (Environmental protection tax, Environmental protection fee for emission), we need other measures.

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In addition, according to the Ministry of Finance, the provisions for Environmental Protection Tax rates on petroleum products according to sulfur contents are very complicated and unfeasible; At the same time, it is required to study to stipulate the various tax rates under the sulfur content of sulfur-containing products, such as gasoline, oil, grease, and coal. As a result, the Ministry has maintained the proposal on the Environmental Protection Tax for petroleum products as before.

By Hong Van/Ngoc Loan