Nearly 25% of buyers attending the SEMA Show reside outside the United States. Show attendees are invited to participate in three interactive sessions regarding emerging international markets where top specialty-equipment distributors and retailers will talk about the challenges and opportunities they face and identify the best-selling products for street performance, off-roading and other growing niches.
SEMA's International department has worked with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to gain approval for another a year-long waiver for members to measure and test fit products for the Toyota HiLux.
Todd Lindblade, regional sales manager for Extang, based in Michigan, explained one of the reasons why his company and 41 other SEMA members recently spent a week in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) meeting with buyers from throughout the region.
SCT Holdings (SCT) recently announced the acquisition of Bully Dog, a manufacturer dedicated to automotive calibration solutions for the truck aftermarket.
Though Japan slipped from the number-three car consumer worldwide in 2011 to number five in 2012, love for automobiles remains very strong among the Japanese. Like Americans, the Japanese are holding on to their cars longer, which makes for a very interesting opportunity for the custom market.
SEMA will be holding another business development trip to China. At this event US manufacturers will have the chance to meet one-on-one with top pre-vetted buyers from the region, as well as visit shops, and receive first-hand experience on an emerging market.
The third Middle East Business Development Conference—held March 11–14, 2014, in the United Arab Emirates—is a low-cost program providing the opportunity to meet face to face with buyers from throughout the Middle East.
List of Exhibitors confirmed to attend the SEMA Middle East Business Development Conference.
By definition, an escrow service reduces the potential risk of fraud by acting as a trusted third party that collects, holds and disburses funds according to exporter and importer instructions. Here's how it works: the importer sends the agreed amount to the escrow service.
SEMA, in partnership with the US Department of Commerce, has brought a 2013 Ford Ranger T6 and a 2012 Toyota Hilux to the US. The vehicles are being sold throughout the world but not in the US or Canada. SEMA's International Vehicle Measuring Program makes available difficult-to-access vehicles so that members can measure them in order to create export-ready product.