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European Commission takes Portugal in court over vehicle import tax

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Christian Fernsby ▼ | February 17, 2020
The European Commission has brought action against Portugal before the EU Court of Justice in relation to the rate of import taxes of vehicles imported from other member states being higher than taxes applied to “used” cars bought within the country.
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The Community executive stated that, “under EU rules, no Member State can impose, directly or indirectly, on the products of the other Member States internal taxes, whatever their nature, which are higher than those which apply, directly or indirectly, on similar national products,” but Portugal continues to apply a higher tax burden to ‘second-hand’ cars imported from other Union countries.

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According to the Commission, “the Portuguese legislation in question does not fully take into account the depreciation of vehicles imported from other Member States” and is therefore incompatible with the EU Treaty.