Ban on Importation of Non-Euro 4 Compliant Motor Engines and Vehicles Deferred-Again

The DTI says it’s because of COVID-19.

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is deferring yet again the ban on importing truck engines and auto components that are not compliant with Euro 4 standards. 

In a memorandum circular (MC) dated March 18, 2021, the DTI said it is holding off implementing the specific provision of Department Administrative Order No 18-04 (otherwise known as Compliance with Emission Standards for the Importation of Used Motor Vehicles and Parts and Components Under the Philippine Clean Air Act of 1999), which prohibits the importation of non-Euro-4 standard parts and components for rebuilding purposes. 

The deferment is “for the duration and subsistence of the national health emergency brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, and one year after the emergency is lifted.” 

The DTI first deferred the implementation of the rule in February 2019, after a petition by a group of truck rebuilders to move it to 2020. The DTI also cited the lack of qualified Euro 4 skilled technicians due to limited availability of trainings.

“Pursuant to the said MC, the accredited truck rebuilders will continue to be granted Certificate of Authority to Import (CAI) for importation of non-EURO4 standard Completely Knocked Down (CKD)s, in consideration of the disruptions brought about by the pandemic, and the challenges of implementing a face-to-face training program in light of the strict observance of health protocols throughout the country,” the DTI said in a news release. “The extension period is subject to review and may be shortened when it is determined that the critical number of trained personnel has been achieved before the expiration of the period.” 


The deferment means importers can bring in motor vehicles and parts as long as they pass current inspection rules and emission tests.

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