The Emirates Authority for Standardisation and Metrology (Esma) has said new federal rules for importing used cars from non-agents will be announced in the third quarter of his year, according to a report in the Arabic daily newspaper Emarat Al Youm.
Esma stressed that the goal of the new system will be to prevent import of used cars written off because of accident or natural disaster in countries of their origin.
Abdullah Abdel Qader Al Muaini, director-general of Esma, said the authority is in an advance stage of preparing new rules for import of used cars.
He said the new system will be mandatory both for individuals and car dealers. Specifications and other data of the used car proposed to be imported will have to be filed for obtaining a validity certificate from Esma, before bringing the used vehicle into the UAE.
Al Muaini added that the new system would adopt smart electronic technology which will help dealers to provide basic data of cars like chassis number or model and date of manufacture to inquire about the condition of the car and get an import certificate.
He said Esma will have electronic link with similar bodies in the US and European countries from where used cars are imported. It will be expanded to other countries later.
Al Muaini said the new system will be implemented for individuals immediately after they are announced and will take into account previous requests for imports of used cars.
Esma will help regularisation of used car dealers’ deadlines and work on re-export of cars violating the requirements of the new system, he added.
He added that used car dealers will be given a grace period to return cars not meeting specifications required by the new system.