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CMTA urges registration of all vehicle importers

October 28, 2018

The Ceylon Motor Traders Association (CMTA), whilst agreeing with the government dilemma over rising vehicle imports and outflow of foreign exchange, has called for registration of all vehicle importers.............

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SIAM holds meeting with Ceylon Motor Traders Association

October 11, 2018

A twenty member delegation from the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) held a very fruitful meeting with The Ceylon Motor Traders' Association (CMTA) recently..............

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Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers holds meeting with Ceylon Motor Traders' Association

October 10, 2018

A 20-member delegation from the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) held a very fruitful and cordial meeting with the Ceylon Motor Traders’ Association (CMTA) last week..............

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Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers' hold Cordial Meeting with The Ceylon Motor Traders' Association

October 09, 2018

A twenty member delegation from the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers' (SIAM) held a very fruitful and cordial meeting with The Ceylon Motor Traders' Association (CMTA) last week..............

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CMTA wants Govt. to register all vehicle importers to stem forex loss, flood of cars

October 05, 2018

The Ceylon Motor Traders Association (CMTA) yesterday, whilst empathising with the Government predicament over rising shipments and loss of foreign exchange, called for registration of all vehicle importers............

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Rapid increase in importing small cars during past nine months: CMTA

October 04, 2018

There was a rapid increase in importing of vehicles less than 1,000 CC engine capacity to Sri Lanka in the first half of this year, The Ceylon Motor Traders Association (CMTA) today said............

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Number of vehicles imported into SL not justified by market size – CMTA

October 04, 2018

The CMTA feels that there is a glut of vehicles imported into Sri Lanka and the numbers imported are not justified by the size of the market. Many of these vehicles are imported by individuals or private dealers who have the capacity to stock large volumes............

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CMTA responds to Govt changes on import of Motor Vehicles

October 04, 2018

The Ceylon Motor Traders Association (CMTA), established in 1920 is one of the most senior automotive trade associations in the region, and represents the worlds’ leading automotive manufacturers, through their local agents, in Sri Lanka.............

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Motor vehicle traders not happy with drastic policy changes

October 04, 2018

The Ceylon Motor Traders Association (CMTA), has raised concerns over the drastic policy changes in Sri Lanka.Established in 1920 is one of the most senior automotive trade associations in the region, CMTA represents the worlds’ leading automotive manufacturers, through their local agents, in Sri Lanka..............

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Sri Lankan new car importers call for controls on competition

October 04, 2018

Ceylon Motor Traders Association (CMTA) has urged Sri Lanka’s government to regulate vehicle imports by registering all importers including individuals, saying new import limits prompted by a glut of small cars had hit their earnings, as a soft-peg of the rupee came under pressure from unsterilized excess liquidity geneated by the central bank in July and August 2018...............

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CMTA against opening up Govt. procurement to used vehicles

August 21, 2018

Ceylon Motor Traders’ Association (CMTA) yesterday protested opening up Government tenders for used cars, arguing that dealing with the manufacturer would result in the best prices. ...........

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CMTA clarifies procurement process issue

August 21, 2018

The Ceylon Motor Traders Association (CMTA) issued a statement regarding the issue of vehicle procurement under Government tenders. The statement is reproduced below............

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CMTA versus competition for vehicle procurement

August 21, 2018

The Ceylon Motor Traders Association (CMTA) in a communique sates that it was not in favour of creating competition in vehicle procurement............

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CMTA hopes govt. will continue to follow int’l practices when procuring vehicles

August 21, 2018

Amid the calls to open up the government tenders to the used or non-brand-new vehicle importers, the Ceylon Motor Traders’ Association (CMTA) yesterday urged the government not to move away from the internationally accepted procurement processes. ...........

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Authorities urged to maintain procurement procedures for vehicles

August 20, 2018

The Government has been urged not to deviate from the present procurement procedures for motor vehicles............

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Authorities urged to maintain procurement procedures for vehicles

August 20, 2018

The Government has been urged not to deviate from the present procurement procedures for motor vehicles............

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Sri Lanka auto agents urge govt not to increase competition in vehicle procurement

August 20, 2018

Ceylon Motor Traders Association, representing agents of global automakers has urged Sri Lanka not to increase competition in tenders for vehicle procurement by allowing other importers to bid............

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Duty changes on vehicles: Motor traders call for dialogue

August 05, 2018

The Ceylon Motor Traders Association (CMTA) which was established in 1920 and represents all major international motor manufacturers in Sri Lanka, says they understand the rationale behind government’s policy decision on duty hike to stem imports of small cars but called for a dialogue on long term policies to reduce uncertainty among industry and consumers alike...........

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CMTA Press Release on Duty Changes for cars below 1000cc

August 01, 2018

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Importers appeal for swifter Customs law

June 25, 2018

Fast-tracking new Customs legislation, greater stakeholder engagement and speedier implementation of Government policy is imperative for Sri Lanka's economy to adapt to an increasingly challenging environment, a top official said recently..........

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CMTA urges for policy to take automotive industry to next level

June 13, 2018

To be on par with the rapidly changing dynamics of the ever-changing automotive industry, the Ceylon Motor Traders Association (CMTA) called on the Government for a policy to take the country's motor industry to the next level.........

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Global automotive industry undergoing massive changes - CMTA

June 11, 2018

The Global Automotive Industry is undergoing massive changes from Internal Combustion Engines (ICE) to electric and Sri Lanka too is falling in line with this trend, said Chairman Ceylon Motor Traders Association (CMTA) Sheran Fernando addressing their 98th AGM.....

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Unit rate-based duty failed to achieve government revenue targets: CMTA

June 11, 2018

The unit rate-based duty scheme on vehicle imports has failed to realise the government revenue targets while causing additional foreign exchange outflows from the country.....

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Vehicle Importers: Can't meet Euro IV standards by July 1

March 29, 2018

Ceylon Motor Traders' Association (CMTA) yesterday claimed that they required more time for transition on Government's decision to change to importing vehicles compatible with the Euro four standards from July 1....

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Euro IV fuel standard triggers auto industry crisis

February 19, 2018

State plans to introduce Euro IV engines and safety features for new vehicle imports have created a crisis situation in the auto sector, motor traders say.....

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Motor traders in dilemma over abrupt Euro IV implementation

February 19, 2018

The recent Budget proposal to introduce Euro 4 engines and the safety features to be implemented by January 31, 2017 has seriously created a crisis situation in the Auto Industry....

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Hasty changes not healthy for ailing motor industry- CMTA

August 31, 2017

While welcoming the initiative taken for duty reduction on motor cycles and small trucks Ceylon Motor Traders Association's (CMTA's) view is that sudden changes of that nature is not healthy for the industry, said CMTA Chairman Reeza Rauf.

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Ceylon Motor Traders Association AGM

August 18, 2017

The 97th Annual General Meeting of the Ceylon Motor Traders Association (CMTA) was held at the Cinnamon Grand Colombo recently........

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CMTA holds fruitful meeting with finance minister

August 02, 2017

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Sri Lanka motor trade hits a snag

July 23, 2017

The motor trade in Sri Lanka is in a troublesome period once again with the usual short term and ad-hoc policy changes which hurt the industry in a big way. The adverse policies also have created a “no-level playing field” in the market whilst certain sectors especially used car imports continue to benefit....

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Auto agents say will continue to lobby govt. over short-sighted, discriminatory policies

July 04, 2017

The Ceylon Motor Traders’ Association (CMTA) said that it would continue to lobby the government with regard to the discriminatory, short-sighted and ad hoc policy changes, which keep on hurting the country’s legitimate auto industry...

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Govt’s short term- ad-hoc policy changers badly hurt auto industry

July 03, 2017

It has once again been a troublesome period for the Auto Industry in Sri Lanka with the usual short term and ad-hoc policy changers hurting the industry very much, opined reelected Ceylon Motor Traders Association (CMTA) Chairman Reeza Rauf........

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The Ceylon Motor Trader's Association AGM

June 27, 2017

The 97th AGM of the CMTA will be held on Friday 30 June 2017.

Police in civvies to nab traffic offences

May 03, 2017

Police Officers in civvies will be deployed on May 4, to monitor the traffic violations and lane law violations in Colombo city, a senior police officer said.....

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CMTA says vehicle assembly with used spare parts against Customs laws

April 06, 2017

The Ceylon Motor Traders’ Association (CMTA) yesterday said the decision by the government to allow the assembling of motor vehicles locally with used imported spare parts violates the Customs regulations and endangers the lives of the buyers of such vehicles......

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CMTA concerned over vehicle assembling scams

April 06, 2017

The Ceylon Motor Traders’ Association (CMTA) said it is concerned over the recent decision by the government to allow assembling of motor vehicles locally by using imported used spare parts.......

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Motor Traders fume over Govt. move to allow vehicle assembly with used spare parts

April 06, 2017

The Ceylon Motor Traders’ Association yesterday expressed concern over the recent decision by the Government to allow the assembling of motor vehicles locally by using imported used spare parts........

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Motor traders slam vehicle assembly approval

April 06, 2017

The Ceylon Motor Traders' Association (CMTA) in a statement has raised concerns over the recent government decision to permit assembling motor vehicles locally, using imported used spare parts, and urged President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to look into the issue and take appropriate measures to rectify it.........

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CMTA raises issue over 'imported used spare parts

April 05, 2017

'The Ceylon Motor Traders’ Association is concerned over the recent decision by the government, where it allowed the assembling of motor vehicles locally by using imported used spare parts.......

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Sri Lanka vehicle assembly with used spares violates Customs rule: CMTA

April 05, 2017

Sri Lankan agents representing global automobile manufacturers have slammed a government decision to allow assembly of vehicles with imported used spare parts, saying it raises safety concerns and breaks Customs rules........

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SL lubricant players concerned over tax hike on synthetic lubricants

March 22, 2017

The recent steep rise in duty and tax imposed by the Sri Lankan government on synthetic lubricants effective mid-November is causing alarm in the market, as lubricant suppliers are now starting to pass on the hike to the end users, the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce (CCC) said in a media statement. .. .

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Lubricant players concerned over duty hike on synthetic lubricants

March 22, 2017

Sri Lanka’s lubricant suppliers are starting to pass the tax imposed on synthetic lubricants to end users, the Ceylon Motor Traders Association warned.. .. .

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Step on the gas in Sri Lanka - Reeza Rauf

September 11, 2016

The Global Fuel Economy Initiative is supporting Sri Lanka to assess the fuel economy of its vehicle fleet numbering around 4.5 million and develop new policy measures.. .

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Vehicle tax collection seen falling amidst drop in sales and under-invoicing

September 11, 2016

The Government has promised Sri Lanka’s motor trade that a controversial form of taxation on vehicles will only be for a period of two years. This is in reference to the unit rate of excise duty for the vehicles on the basis of cubic centimetre which is expected to raise revenue of Rs. 20 billion, according to government target.. .

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Ad hoc policy changes jolt to Automobile Industry- Reeza Rauf

June 27, 2016

In the last couple of months or so the policies with regard to the automobile industry has been very ad hoc. Policies in the last 12-13 months have changes almost 14 times, said new Chairman Ceylon Motor Trader Association(CMTA), Reeza Rauf. .

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CMTA urges Finance Ministry to reconsider issuance of vehicle import permits to taxpayers

September 25, 2015

The Ceylon Motor Traders Association (CMTA) has handed over a written request to the Finance Ministry to reconsider the directive taken to stop the issuance of vehicle import permits to taxpayers.

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The Imposition of a Loan to Value (LTV) Ratio for Loans and Advances in Respect of Motor Vehicles

September 15, 2015

The Central Bank of Sri Lanka has observed with concern the recent growth of exposure of banks and financial institutions to certain categories of lending, including lending in respect of motor vehicles.

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The Ceylon Motor Show 2015

March 10, 2015

The Ceylon Motor Show will be held from Friday 08th May to Sunday 10th May 2015 at the BMICH, Colombo.

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Ceylon Motor Traders' Association holds 94th AGM

August 27, 2014

The 94th Annual General Meeting of the Ceylon Motor Traders’ Association that comes under the aegis of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce was held at the Taj Samudra Hotel on Friday 8 August amidst a large gathering of members and invitees. The Chief Guest was Commissioner of Motor Traffic S.H. Harischandra. Gihan Pilapitiya of United Motors Lanka PLC was elected as Chairman of the Association for 2014/2015

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Arbitrary policies bust the auto trade

August 12, 2014

Ceylon FT: Ceylon Motor Traders’ Association Chairman stressed concerns over the current policies which used the automobile industry as a frisky tool to harmonize intensified stress caused by other economic instabilities.

The automobile trade today is the most affected and most sensitive trade especially at the hands of the policy makers.

It is unfortunate that, today the automobile industry is used as a frisky tool by policy makers in harmonizing the intensifying economic stress caused by various other economic instabilities,said the newly appointed Chairman of the Ceylon Motor . . .

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Policy makers targeting auto trade:CMTA

August 11, 2014

Policy makers are using baseless arguments to target auto traders with successive policies, according to Ceylon Motor Traders Association Incoming Chairman Gihan Pilapitiya.

Pilapitiya said the Association must not just hurl accusations at the authorities but face the challenges by having the house in order.

The members would have to rethink their promotional and publicity strategies, pool their knowledge and resources together, and leverage their past successes in negotiations for future policy making.

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Ceylon Motor Traders Association cries 'foul'

June 19, 2014

Ceylon Motor Traders Association (CMTA) yesterday cried foul over the Customs decision to disregard the declared transaction price and adopt a new valuation process of their own, which is based on the retail prices applicable in a foreign country.

It warned that the move results in significant damage to the motor industry.

CMTA Chairman Tilak Gunasekera said: 'Sri Lanka is a signatory to the GAT agreement, which requires all signatories to base customs duty on 'transacted values'. All brand new motor vehicle importers have followed this process. '

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Lankan motor trade urges authorities to review new vehicle valuation system

June 17, 2014

“Sri Lankan motor traders are urging the Treasury to review the new valuation system now being implemented by the Customs as most of them struggling to clear imported vehicles, a senior official of the Ceylon Motor Traders’ Association said.

According to Finance Ministry guidelines issued recently, Customs authorities have been empowered to make the valuation of the imported vehicle....

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Sri Lankan motor traders worry over Customs valuation of imported vehicles

May 25, 2014

“Sri Lanka should follow the World Trade Organisation (WTO) agreement on customs valuation for a fair, uniform and neutral system for the valuation of goods for customs purposes — a system that conforms to commercial realities,” he opined.The declared imported value of a vehicle depends on the country of importation therefore it is essential to follow a system that conforms to commercial realities, he said.

Citing an example, he said that the price of a BMW in England is different from the same product price in Brazil or France.

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Motor Vehicle Permits on concessionary terms

March 25, 2014

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Tax cuts to boost transport and logistics sector

March 02, 2014

Tilak Gunasekera, President of the Ceylon Motor Traders’ Association, who is also the CEO and Executive Director of Sathosa Motors Plc, told the Business Times that taxes in this category were increased to 26 per cent from 15 per cent before the 2014 budget in September and to 49.6 percent from 26 per cent after the budget in January 2014. The association has urged the Government to reconsider the tax revision imposed twice within four months which is exerting an adverse impact on the vehicle import industry that has been hit by fluctuating duty for the past several years

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India’s Bajaj quadricycle dream stutters in Sri Lanka

February 13, 2014 2:02 am

Tilak Gunasekera, President of the Ceylon Motor Traders’ Association, who is also the CEO and Executive Director of Sathosa Motors Plc, told the Business Times that taxes in this category were increased to 26 per cent from 15 per cent before the 2014 budget in September and to 49.6 percent from 26 per cent after the budget in January 2014. The association has urged the Government to reconsider the tax revision imposed twice within four months which is exerting an adverse impact on the vehicle import industry that has been hit by fluctuating duty for the past several years

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