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The full of automotive industry in Mexico reproached the government of Andrés Manuel López Obrador for the implementation of the decree to regularize imported used vehicles, known as “chocolate”, without establishing control or review measures for the entry of illegal cars, for which it does not rule out filing amparos.

The Mexican Association of the Automotive Industry (AMIA), the Mexican Association of Automotive Dealers (AMDA), the National Association of Producers of Buses, Trucks and Tractor Trucks (ANPACT), as well as the National Auto Parts Industry (IN) stated that the regularization decree generates distortions and unfair treatment for consumers who have acquired a vehicle legally, so they asked the tax authorities to define the import rules, taking into account the automotive sector.

From the outset, José Zozaya, president of AMIA He insisted that opening a space to legalize smuggling sends a “terrible” signal to investors looking to Mexico to do business.

Guillermo Rosales, president of the AMDA, warned that if the federal government does not implement a “zero tolerance” policy for the circulation of illegal vehicles, it will lead to the continuation of irregular conditions.

“In the decree, control is lost in a very special way to be able to fulfill the objective that the same decree contemplates. It would be truly unfortunate if we return to the current practice, for example between 2006 and 2012, in which the regularization of vehicles with reports of theft was allowed, with vehicles that have a declaration of non-circulation in the United States and also that do not have the conditions neither are they satisfied by environmental regulations”, whose points were not addressed in said law, questioned Rosales.

“It is very important that the industry participates in the elaboration of secondary rules derived from the decree, especially so that the vehicles that are regularized really comply with the same standards as those marketed in Mexico”, in order to have better road safety, environmental and an older vehicle fleet, said Virginia Olalde, director of ANPACT.

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