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Yacht import duty close to being scrapped

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KARON: The Customs and Excise Departments have recommended that the government scrap import duty on foreign-made yachts, the Director General of the Customs Department, Chavalit Sethameteekul, said today. K. Chavalit made the announcement before joining the meeting of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) Sub-Committee on Customs Procedures this morning at the Phuket Arcadia Beach Resort. “Phuket will be a haven for yachts after the 0% taxes begin,” he said, explaining that the proposed changes came after Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak ordered the two departments to review import taxes on yachts at a meeting in early July. “It [scrapping import duty] has been proposed to the Finance Minister by the Excise Department and the Customs Department, and [the recommendation] will be forwarded to Cabinet for approval,” he said. “I believe that Phuket will be a haven for yachting and yacht-building industries in the near future,” he added. However, K. Chavalit did not mention whether Excise Tax or Interior Ministry Tax, which also apply to imported yachts, would also be scrapped, though he did say that value-added tax (VAT) would still apply. K. Chavalit also indicated that the government plans to cut taxes as a way to fight pirate goods. “We will push to reduce taxes on many high-end products, such as cosmetics, leather goods, watches and other products that tourists like. We may lose the tax from these products but we will derive income from tourism instead,” he said. The main focus of the meeting this morning was to discuss customs procedures to facilitate international trade with respect to two issues: globalization and security. “We will look into how we can develop better international commerce between private sectors [of different countries] together with heightened national security,” K. Chavalit said. To this end – and conforming with the Secure Trade in the APEC Region (STAR) agreement that Thailand signed in August last year – K. Chavalit explained, “The government has approved spending of almost 4 billion baht to improve customs control systems, especially for inspecting cargo containers, including X-ray machines to identify the contents of containers. This will make cargo transportation easier and safer.”



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Phuket tourist decides hotel awning more comfortable than his room

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PHOTOS: Rawai Rescue workers / Phuket Tourist Police

The Phuket Tourist Police have been notified that a tourist had jumped from a building in Rawai and ended up on a steel awning covering the bottom floor today. But that wasn’t, in fact, what had happened.

The local Tourist Police say the owner of the building told staff at the Tourist Assistance Centre that the tourist had checked into the room on February 13.

The tourist didn’t actually jump down from the building but had moved a mattress from his room on to the awning and slept on it (mosquitos!!) He was also drunk and damaged some property inside the room.

The man is a 37 year old Estonian tourist. He was staying at the room with a 25 year old male friend.

Chalong Police have charged them both with being drunk and damaging property. They have said that they will pay for all damages to the owner of the property. They are heading back home on February 26.

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Patong motorbike racer arrested and fined – VIDEO

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PHOTO: Patong Police

Patong Police yesterday arrested a motorbike racer after identifying him and his motorbike from video clips that were popular in social media this week.

Patong Police are investigating alleged foreign motorbike racing gangs in Patong after video clips went viral in local social media.

Read more about the racing around Patong’s streets HERE.

Patong Police report that they have now arrested one motorbike racer and charged him with the maximum fine.

Patong Police are also asking motorbike rental operators to explain basic traffic rules for motorbike drivers who want to rent a motorbike.

(The Thaiger is assuming this would be covered when they get their motorbike license, which they are required to have before a motorbike is rented to them.)

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500 free helmets handed out to motorbike drivers in Patong

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Patong Development Foundation together with Patong Police and Patong Municipality have given 500 helmets to motorbike drivers in Patong today under the campaign ‘Wear your helmet’.

Handing out the 500 helmets to motorbike user in Patong was led by Patong Police Chief Col Anothai Jindamanee, Patong Municipality Chalermluck Kebsup and President of Patong Development Foundation Preechawut ‘Prap’ Keesin.

Col Anothai says, “Many motorbike drivers have been injured and died in road accident. We want 100 percent of motorbike drivers and passengers wearing helmets. ”

“More motorbike riders are now wearing helmets as the number of not wearing helmet charges has been dropping in Patong with better enforcement.”

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