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The Sri Lanka Automobile Association in Japan (SLAAJ) urged the government to maintain the country’s import duty at least for two years so as to stabilise the local vehicle market.

SLAAJ President Nishantha Meegalla told the Daily News that the tax imposed on vehicle importation should be sustained at least for two years in order to avoid importing unnecessary numbers of vehicles, especially during the latter part of the year in which the budget is presented.

He added that vehicle export from Japan had increased by the threefold during this period since the people tend to buy vehicles from for pre-budget prices, while hoping for the tax hikes. This situation results in the outflow of millions of foreign exchange. Addressing various issues faced by the Sri Lankan customers, Meegala said that customers should purchase vehicles only exported by the SLAAJ, adding that the SLAAJ was responsible for the standards of all vehicles imported through their stakeholders.