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Gov't to begin pre-shipment inspection to cut fraud in imported vehicles

Published:Wednesday | May 10, 2017 | 3:16 PM

The Government is to institute a Motor Vehicle Pre-shipment Inspection Programme by July 1 as part of efforts to protect consumers and importers from fraud when purchasing vehicles.

Making his contribution to the Sectoral debate in parliament yesterday, Industry and Commerce Minister Karl Samuda said several purchasers of motor vehicles have been affected by discrepancies in model years, with vehicles being later found to be older than indicated on supporting documentation. 

Samuda notes that another issue over the years is that of odometers being rolled back, resulting in vehicles being advertised as having done far less mileage than is the actual case.

IN PHOTO: Karl Samuda

The minister said with pre-shipment inspection, an expert independent third-party assessor will physically inspect motor vehicles in their countries of origin before they are loaded onto vessels for shipment to their destinations:


Industry minister, Karl Samuda

Samuda said the new measure will prevent undervaluation of vehicle invoices and the entry of stolen vehicles into the national fleet.

He says it will also prevent odometer and documentation fraud.