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91 000 used cars sold to date

Mon, 13 April 2015 12:43
by Jona Musheko
Business

Japanese second hand car dealership Jan
Japan has sold about 91000 units in the
last year latest figures shows.
Second hand car dealership have
gained popularity since Government relaxed
import requirements for cars a few years ago
Commenting on the development, Namibian
Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NCCI)
Chief Executive Officer Tara Shaanika said
the automobile industry in the country is still a
reservation for the few.
Shaanika told The Villager that, local players
interested in this industry are not meeting the
requirements for the to be able to freely import
and sell cars locally.
He also told The Villager that, the market
is not conducive for new players especially
those that are first timers because they are not
protected by government policy. Shaanika says
“The cars we get here are already directed to the
dominating 3 or 4 car dealers, and thus it make
it hard for the new ones to come into the car
dealership environment”.
He added that cars are expensive for new
owners that are have only worked for few
years, and thus they are forced to save up and
buy used cars that they can afford not using the
banks.
“Unfortunately the current regulations that
disallow the importing of second hand vehicles
is to a large degree benefiting South Africa,” he
said, adding the regulations should be relooked
at to ensure all Southern African Customs
Union (SACU) member countries equally
benefit.
Shaanika said the most if not all the car
dealership in Namibia are not benefiting
Namibia at all because Namibia does not
produce cars neither car parts. He revealed that
prices outside SACU are more competitive than
South Africans second hand suppliers.
“We have more Namibian s who could
benefit from second hand cars imported from
outside SACU, but the challenge is that the
available system protecting and favoring South
Africa’s industry,” said Shaanika, adding that
the whole issue of importing cars either it is
brand new or second hand cars from outside
SACU is only benefiting South Africa industry.
He also mentioned that South have been
very selfish to concentrate the whole motoautomotive
industry in South Africa, that
forced countries like Namibia to protect it
without benefiting anything. He said if South
Africa want Namibia to keep protecting their
based moto-automotive industry, it should also
encourage the growth of moto-automotive
in other SACU member states so that these
countries can contribute to the growth of the
moto-automotive industry (Industrialization and
job creation). “If we continue being consumers,
then we will continue paying high tariff of
imported vehicles (brand new ones and the
second hand vehicles).