Qatar implements tougher tyre rules
Following a September 15 change in the regulations covering automotive spare parts in Qatar, the importation of used tyres and certain new tyres into the Gulf state is now forbidden. Under the new rules, issued by the country’s Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Business and Trade and Ministry of Interior, no new tyres will be permitted to enter the country unless accompanied by a Gulf Conformity Certificate. Tyres must also carry a 180km/h speed rating in order to be eligible for importation. Balloon tyres intended for use on passenger vehicles are also no longer able to be imported unless accompanied by a certificate of conformity, with the type of tyre engraved in red on the sidewall.
Used tyre imports, as previously mentioned, are no longer allowed under the new rules. The sale of used tyres originally purchased new in Qatar is still permitted, however the September 15 changes dictate that used passenger car, bus and light truck tyres can only be offered for sale within the first 24 months following their manufacture. Used heavy truck tyres can be sold within 30 months from their date of manufacture. A six month warranty must be offered when selling used tyres.