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MORE THAN 500 SIGN UP FOR FREE INTERNATIONAL BUYERS' GUIDE LISTING—DON'T MISS SEPTEMBER 5th DEADLINE!

SEMA members and SEMA Show exhibitors are entitled to a free listing in the 2008–2009 SEMA International Buyers' Guide. The annual buyers' guide is distributed to every international buyer at the SEMA Show, shipped to every U.S. embassy and distributed at automotive trade shows worldwide. The deadline to take advantage of this free listing is September 5. A copy of the form is available online at www.SEMAShow.com/ibg.

Questions? Contact lindas@sema.org.

NEW GERMAN PACKAGING LAWS TAKE EFFECT IN 2009

As of January 2009, all new packaging sold in Germany must be registered with an officially recognized German recycler or risk a fine of 50,000 Euros (USD $77,855 ). 

68 COUNTRIES WITH RIGHT-HAND DRIVE

What do Australia, Hong Kong, Kenya, Singapore, Japan and the United Kingdom all have in common? They are one of 68 countries with right-hand drive vehicles.

The full list:

SWISS GOVERNMENT CONSIDERS AFTERMARKET WHEEL/TIRE BAN

The Swiss government is considering federal legislation making it illegal for consumers to fit aftermarket wheels to their vehicle that are sized different from the original equipment. The European Tuning Organization (ETO), of which SEMA is a member, has been working closely with the Swiss aftermarket association to modify the legislation.

For more information about SEMA international services and initiatives, please visit www.sema.org/international.

RUSSIA OUTPACING GERMANY AS EUROPEAN CONTINENT'S LARGEST CAR MARKET

In the first half of 2008, Russia for the first time displaced Germany to become the largest car market in Europe, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers. Russian new-car registrations hit 1.64 million during the first half of 2008, compared with 1.63 million cars in Germany.

RENAULT/NISSAN SEEKS SUPPLIERS—CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS

The U.S. & Foreign Commercial Service Global Automotive Team has organized a webinar for U.S. suppliers interested in supplying Renault/Nissan. The automaker plans to open a plant in Tangiers, Morocco, in 2010, which will have the capacity to produce 400,000 vehicles per year.

For more details, click on www.buyusa.gov/auto/supply_to_renault_nissan.html.

TOP 15 FACTS ABOUT THE CHINESE MARKET


SEMA has compiled a list of 15 facts about the Chinese market:

NOMINATIONS OPEN FOR U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE EXPORT OF THE YEAR AWARD

Commercial News USA, the U.S. Department of Commerce publication, is now accepting nominations for the 2009 Exporter of the Year awards. The ThinkGlobal/Commercial News USA Exporter of the Year awards are given to one U.S. company in each of 14 industry categories. An Overall Exporter of the Year winner is also selected.

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