Regulations

  • International trade

    News » Ukraine sanctions risk Russian vehicle exports

    December 12th 2018 The growth in Russian vehicle exports during 2018 could be in jeopardy if a new bill to ban Russian vehicle imports is passed by the government in Ukraine, one of the biggest sales markets for Russian-made cars. According to figures from the Russian Federal Customs Service, in the first nine months of 2018, vehicle exports […]
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  • Tariffs and trade

    News » German OEMs meet Trump amid tariff confusion

    December 5th 2018 Volkswagen, Daimler and BMW executives have this week outlined a series of  planned investments in the US to administration officials, after meeting with President Donald Trump. Their meetings took place amid uncertainty over trade conditions, after the president’s tweet that China had agreed to end 40% duties on imports of US-made cars. VW’s CEO Herbert […]
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  • Government policy

    Uncategorized » Bordering on Brexit

    December 4th 2018 Brexit continues to cause some serious headaches for those involved in the UK’s automotive sector. With the publication of a draft withdrawal agreement on November 14, UK prime minister, Theresa May, affirmed her commitment to a continued customs territory. Whether that intent will be realised is as much in doubt as ever, however. Although the […]
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  • Road transport

    News » Ceva trials truck route from China to Europe

    December 4th 2018 Ceva Logistics has sent what it says is the first-ever TIR truck from Khorgos, in the far west of China, to Europe via Kazakhstan. “The trial proves that the TIR carnet issued in China is accepted in the transit countries en route to Europe,” said Torben Bengtsson, executive vice-president of Ceva Logistics Greater China. Though automotive parts […]
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  • South America summit

    News » Brazil needs investment and talent to flip the recession

    December 4th 2018 While the automotive sector in Brazil waits for political reform under its new president-elect Jair Bolsonaro, including investment in transport and infrastructure, logistics providers need to be creative in overcoming the existing poor state of the roads and ports. That is if the country is to exploit returning growth, including for export markets beyond Argentina. […]
  • Manufacturing moves

    News » GM to close seven plants next year

    November 28th 2018 GM has announced it will close three of its North American assembly plants next year along with two transmission plants, resulting in the loss of over 14,000 jobs. It also has plans to shut two additional plants outside North America by the end of 2019, following this year’s closure of the Gunsan plant in South […]
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  • Country focus: Brazil

    Intelligence » Shifting gear

    November 26th 2018 Brazilian vehicle sales have been gathering pace recently, as the country tentatively recovers from its long recession. Light vehicle sales have shown some growth, while bus and truck sales have positively motored ahead. Vehicle sales this year, however, have been tarnished somewhat by stalling exports – especially to Argentina, which is the largest foreign purchaser of […]
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  • Central & Eastern Europe summit

    News » Competing on a global stage – report from AL Central and Eastern Europe summit

    November 21st 2018 Over the last 15 years, the centre of investment in the European automotive industry has been shifting east. Delegates at the Automotive Logistics Central and Eastern Europe (ALCEE) summit in Budapest last week learned that the region now has a strong network of assembly and supplier plants, along with logistics services that support high-tech manufacturing […]
  • Government policy

    News » Auto tariffs pose biggest threat to US economy, warns OFII

    November 21st 2018 The possibility of Donald Trump placing duties on cars and automotive parts being imported into the US is the largest threat to the country’s economic competitiveness, according to the chief financial officers (CFOs) of international companies taking part in a recent survey. The US Department of Commerce is currently investigating whether it is appropriate to […]
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  • International trade

    News » Costly USMCA rules ‘may prove unworkable’ for supply chains

    November 21st 2018 Complying with the proposed US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) that replaces Nafta will be expensive for those in the automotive supply chain and could prove unworkable for some, according to John Bozzella (pictured), president and CEO of the Association of Global Automakers in the US. Details in the draft accord include a proposal that, for vehicle-makers to […]
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