Uzbekistan could become first market for cars assembled in Azerbaijan
Azerbaijan, Baku, Nov. 6 / Trend V.Zhavoronkova /
Uzbekistan could become the first market, to which the products of the Nakhchivan and Ganja automobile plants will be delivered, Nakhchivan Car Plant's Logistics Department Director Javad Ismayilov said on Saturday at the Azerbaijani national exhibition in Tashkent.
"The Uzbek public showed increased interest in the exhibited models. This is linked with the fact that the Uzbek car market is not much varied, as well as with the low consumption of fuel by our cars," he said.
According to him, high customs duties on the car imports maybe serious problem for the export of the products of the Nakhchivan and Ganja automobile plants.
"If we able to agree on reducing tariffs on the import of our cars, then we will have the opportunity to deliver hundreds of cars to Uzbekistan," Ismayilov said.
The exhibition demonstrates two models of cars produced in Nakhchivan- a NAZ Lifan 320 and NAZ Lifan 620, as well as a refuse collection equipment produced in Ganja.
Construction of the Nakhchivan Car Plant began in 2008, and it was commissioned on Jan.11 this year.
In May 2009, during the Azerbaijani-Chinese business forum, NCP and Chongqing Lifan Industry (Group) Imp. & Exp. Co., Ltd. Corporation signed a contract on cooperation.
The contract envisages the assembly of Lifan passenger cars in Nakhchivan. The plant uses the latest models of equipment made in Germany, Belgium and Italy. Total plant area is 2.6 hectares.
The capacity of the plant is the production of 5,000 cars per year. In the first year, the plant plans to produce 1,000 cars. The plant has 50 workers from the local population. Assembly of motor vehicles is conducted under the supervision of Chinese experts.
The Ganja Car Plant established in 2004 assembles the products of the Minsk Tractor Plant for the domestic market. The plant will also assemble 800 units of tractors. The contract for the assembly and sale of the whole range of trucks and tractors of the Minsk automobile and tractor plants in Azerbaijan was signed in late November 2006 in Minsk.
In April this year Ganja Car Plant and the German Haller Company signed a long-term contract for the production of communal equipment based on the MAZ cars. The contract, envisaged for 10 years, involves production of MAZ trucks with equipment of Haller Company for transportation of household wastes.
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