Here is a roundup of proposed or recently enacted legislative and
regulatory developments affecting the specialty-equipment industry in
key markets overseas. For more information on overseas developments,
SEMA members are invited to contact SEMA Director of International and
Government Relations Linda Spencer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To highlight the customization possibilities of the just-released Chevy Cruze in the United Arab Emirates,
GM Middle East and SEMA partnered to customize two of the all-new
compact global cars. SEMA enlisted two top designers to work on the
Specialty-equipment companies have begun utilizing new tools made
available to businesses to ensure that the sale and use of accessories
and performance products currently marketed in Europe are allowed to be
freely sold throughout the continent. Concerned that national
governments were either banning products or adding local requirements
in violation of the Mutual Recognition Treaty,
the European Parliament implemented measures in May 2009 to promote a
single market for automotive specialty equipment.
The Bureau of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has announced its
intent to crack down on companies importing product into the U.S.
without filing the prerequisite reports with U.S. government officials.
Chinese consumers, for the first time, purchased more cars and light
trucks in 2009 than U.S. car buyers. China sold 12.8 million cars and
light trucks in 2009 (13.6 million with heavy-duty truck sales factored
in) to become the world's largest vehicle market, according to the
official Xinhua news agency.