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AHEAD OF ELECTION, CANADIAN PREMIER CRACKS DOWN ON "STREET RACING"

Canadian Premier Dalton McGuinty announced last week—two weeks before a provincial election—that beginning September 30, a new Ontario law will charge those caught driving 50km/h (31 mph) over the speed limit can be treated as a street racer. That means, according to a National Post report, that police can issue roadside seven-day license suspensions and impound vehicles for a week. If convicted, offenders face fines ranging from $2,000–$10,000.

DON'T MISS THE SEPTEMBER DEADLINE TO REACH INTERNATIONAL BUYERS

SEMA members and SEMA Show exhibitors are entitled to a free listing in the 2007–2008 SEMA International Buyers Guide, an annual buyer's guide distributed to every international buyer at the SEMA Show. The guide is also 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

GOVERNMENT HIGHLIGHTS EMERGING AUTO MARKETS IN CHINA

The U.S. Department of Commerce is sponsoring a webinar on the emerging automotive markets in China, which will take place on Thursday, August 2, 2007, at 7 p.m. (EST). This webinar will focus on the tremendous automotive market opportunities outside of primary cities such as Shanghai and Beijing, and Guangzhou, and instead looks to second-tier markets such as Chongqing, Xiamen, Nanjing, and Dalian, for example.

EXPAND YOUR BUSINESS WORLDWIDE WITH SEMA INTERNATIONAL-RELATIONS PROGRAM

The SEMA International Relations Programs provides comprehensive services to help automotive specialty-equipment companies expand worldwide. As the global demand for the industry's products soars, a dedicated staff seeks to identify the biggest opportunities and educates members on how best to proceed. From qualified trade leads to international legislative advocacy and research studies, the SEMA program is a valuable resource to those looking to increase business.

Visit www.sema.org/international for more.

 

SEMA INTERNATIONAL BUYERS GUIDE OFFERS FREE GLOBAL EXPOSURE

SEMA members are invited to a free listing in the 2007–2008 SEMA International Buyers Guide, an exclusive directory of specialty-equipment companies seeking overseas business. The International Buyers Guide is distributed worldwide each year to every international buyer that attends the SEMA Show, and throughout the year at international trade shows. It’s also sent to more than 50 U.S. embassies including those in Germany, United Kingdom, Mexico, Japan, Australia, Italy, Brazil and South Africa.

SEMA SHOW OFFERS INTERNATIONAL VISITORS SPECIAL SERVICES

With industry professionals from more than 100 countries expected at the 2007 SEMA Show, the annual trade-only event has taken extra steps to include several services and business opportunities specifically for international visitors.

Taking place Tuesday, October 30–Friday, November 2, in Las Vegas, the SEMA Show is the premier automotive specialty-products trade event in the world.

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