Mazda-Sollers has lost its right to import customs-free components

Mazda-Sollers has lost its right to import customs-free components

Kommersant – Mazda-Sollers partnership has lost the opportunity to import customs-free components, due to the failure to establish the workshops required by the industrial assembly agreement on time. The partnership manufactures Mazda6 sedan and Mazda CX-5 crossover models in Vladivostok.

The industrial assembly agreement requires the shift to CKD method, following the establishment of welding, paint and body assembly shops after 30 months of SKD production period.

Sollers officials have shown the lack of engineering infrastructure in Vladivostok and the delay in the construction of the special economic zone (SEZ) as the reasons for falling behind the schedule.

As one may remember, the decision to establish a SEZ in the region was taken in August 2014. Sollers executives say that the funds necessary for the construction have been received only in the beginning of September.

Mazda-Sollers has an industrial assembly agreement signed with the Russian government, under the former conditions. As is known, the agreement had been regulated according to new rules in February 2011.