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India Enacts Major Shake-up to Overseas Retail Investment Regulations

9 Nov 2017

Revised guidelines set to impact upon single-brand retailers, e-commerce operators and start-up funding requirements....Read More


European Commission Introduces New Mandatory Car Emissions Tests

3 Nov 2017

On 31 August 2017, the European Commission announced that, as of 1 September 2017, new car models must pass a set of new and allegedly more reliable emissions tests before they can be released on Euro...Read More


Mexico Proposes New Standards for Tyres and Fridges

29 Sept 2017

Mexico has issued separate proposals to establish new mandatory standards on (1) new radial tyres for use in motor vehicles with a gross weight not exceeding 4,536 kilogrammes (10,000 pounds), as well...Read More


Brazil’s Special Tax on Motor Vehicles Will Likely Be Rescinded by Year’s End

29 Sept 2017

According to press reports, the Brazilian government has confirmed that the “super IPI” measure that adds 30 percentage points to the federal value-added tax (IPI) on imported light-duty and light com...Read More


INDONESIA: UNECE Standard Set to be Adopted as National Standard for Several Automotive Parts

27 Sept 2017

The Indonesian National Standard (Standardisasi Nasional Indonesia – SNI) is set to be harmonised with the international UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) standard for several automotive parts...Read More


Timetable for Lead Exemptions in Car Parts Nears Adoption

22 Sept 2017

Hong Kong sellers of car parts may like to know that the presence of lead in certain vehicle parts will be permitted in the EU over the next two to seven years under European Commission proposals, whi...Read More


Court Upholds Tariff Engineering in Vehicle Classification Case

15 Sept 2017

The U.S. Court of International Trade ruled recently that Ford Transit Connect vans are properly classified as vehicles designed for the transport of persons under HTSUS 8703.23.00 (2.5 percent duty)....Read More


While Trilogue Talks on New EU Anti-dumping Rules Continue, Fresh Investigation on Tyres Begins

25 Aug 2017

On 11 August 2017, the European Commission initiated a new anti-dumping investigation on imports of new and retreaded tyres for buses or lorries originating in mainland China, currently classified und...Read More


Colombia Provides Duty-Free Treatment to Electric Cars

21 July 2017

Colombia has established tariff-rate quotas of 1,500 units during calendar years 2017 through 2019, 2,300 units during calendar years 2020 through 2022, and 3,000 units during calendar years 2023 thro...Read More


Canada Amends Motor Vehicle Safety Regulations

26 May 2017

The Canadian government has amended schedule IV of the Motor Vehicle Safety Regulations by revising three Canada motor vehicle safety standards, thereby allowing motor vehicle manufacturers to meet ei...Read More


Brazil to Require All Light-Duty Motor Vehicles to Include Efficiency, Emissions Information

12 May 2017

The Brazilian government recently launched the ninth phase of the Brazilian Motor Vehicle Labelling Programme (PBEV), which will require all light-duty motor vehicles sold domestically to include info...Read More


First-Ever Energy Star Specification Issued for Electric Vehicle Chargers

17 March 2017

The Environmental Protection Agency recently finalised its first-ever Energy Star specification for electric vehicle chargers. Approximately 114,000 electric vehicles were sold in the United States in...Read More


Mexico Provides Duty-Free Treatment to Certain Electric Vehicles

17 Feb 2017

Mexico has provided duty-free treatment to certain electric motor vehicles principally designed for the transport of persons as well as certain electric motor vehicles for the transport of goods class...Read More


Ministry of Commerce: Lifting of Used Car Sales Restrictions “Crystal Clear”

7 Feb 2017

China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection and Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) have jointly issued the Notice on Strengthening the Supervision Work of Environmental Protection Standard of Second-Hand ...Read More


CBP Harmonises Vehicle Documentation Requirements, Allows Electronic Filing

20 Jan 2017

CBP and the Treasury Department have issued a final rule relating to the importation into the United States of certain vehicles and engines under the Clean Air Act in order to harmonise the documentat...Read More


Mexico Extends Import Restrictions on Used Motor Vehicles

20 Jan 2017

Mexico's Ministry of Economy announced on 26 December 2016 that the Mexican government has decided to extend until 31 December 2017 the current restrictions on used motor vehicle imports because the c...Read More


MYANMAR: Ban on Used Vehicle Imports Set to Boost Domestic Automotive Industry

4 Jan 2017

Vehicle imports to the country are now restricted to right-hand drive models manufactured post-2015. While the move has been seen as a blow to Myanmar’s second-hand car market, it is expected to provi...Read More


China Extends Tax Cut for Small-engine Cars

20 Dec 2016

The Ministry of Finance and State Administration of Taxation have announced that the purchase tax on passenger cars with engines smaller than 1.6 litres will be levied at 7.5% from 1 January to 31 Dec...Read More


Guangdong Rolls Out Electric Self-balancing Scooter Industry Standard

1 Dec 2016

China will adopt its first electric self-balancing scooter industry standard on 1 January 2017 after its release on 12 September this year along with the creation of a "Made in Guangdong" label to reg...Read More


UAE: New Standards and Online Tracking Introduced to Combat Counterfeit Automotive Spare Parts

23 Sept 2016

Importers and manufacturers of automotive spare parts will have to conform to new technical and safety standards under changes proposed by the Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology (ESM...Read More

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