Trade

Automakers call for backup in quest to align EU, U.S. safety standards

Dec. 18, 2013 06:01 CET
Which is safer, a car sold in the Europe or the United States? Automakers see little or no difference, but they have struggled to win over regulators, who are wary of an industry push to make safety standards interchangeable across the Atlantic through a free-trade deal.... Read More »

 

Automakers call for backup in quest to align U.S., EU safety standards

3:57 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 17, 2013
Which is safer, a car sold in the United States or in Europe? Automakers see little or no difference, but they have struggled to win over regulators, who are wary of an industry push to make safety standards interchangeable across the Atlantic through a free-trade deal.... Read More »

 

Iran accord sparks race to Tehran as automakers target deals

Nov. 27, 2013 06:01 CET
Organizers say an Iranian auto industry conference scheduled for next weekend is attracting a lot of attention after last weekend's Geneva agreement to ease trade restrictions on Iran.... Read More »

 

Iran accord sparks race to Tehran as automakers target deals

11:51 am U.S. ET | Nov. 26, 2013
Sasan Ghorbani says the Iranian auto industry conference he's organizing in Tehran next weekend is suddenly a hotter ticket than he'd expected. Visas will be made available upon arrival to meet a surge in demand after the last weekend's Geneva agreement to ease trade restrictions on Iran, said Ghorbani, head of the Islamic Republic's auto-parts manufacturers association.... Read More »

 

BMW eyes $550 million prize in EU trade deal

Nov. 4, 2013 06:01 CET
BMW says it would save $550 million in duties every year if the United States and Europe got rid of their import tariffs on cars and trucks.... Read More »

 

BMW eyes a $550 million prize in EU trade deal

4:39 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 1, 2013
To understand why automakers are gung-ho about free trade talks between the United States and Europe, consider this number: $550 million.... Read More »

 

Tariff talks lead to auto trade fight

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 21, 2013
With the White House seeking to finalize a trade treaty deal by year end, Japanese automakers and the Detroit 3 are embroiled in a good old-fashioned trade war.... Read More »

 

AFTER THE FALL

When trade barriers fall, automakers act

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 13, 2013
Former GM exec Lou Hughes and others reflect on the challenges of building industries in recently opened markets... Read More »

 

EU steps up dispute with Russia over car-recycling fees

Oct. 10, 2013 13:08 CET
The EU asked the World Trade Organization to rule on the legality of a recycling fee imposed by Russia on imported cars, stepping up a trade dispute between the two.... Read More »

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Clear the barriers to free trade

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 7, 2013
The so-called chicken tax and other similar tariffs have outlived their original purpose.... Read More »

 

EDITORIAL

Free-trade talks: This is no time to chicken out

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 30, 2013
There's an ironic twist in Ford's attempts to avoid the "chicken tax," the notorious 25 percent tariff on imported light trucks. That tariff, imposed in 1963 in retaliation for a German tariff on American chicken, was intended to protect domestic automakers such as Ford from imported pickups. Now Ford is the importer that's getting squeezed.... Read More »

 

BUILDING BLOCS, BREAKING DOWN BARRIERS

Trade talks could usher in a new era for automakers worldwide

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 23, 2013
An auto industry without borders. That is the dream in C-suites from Detroit to Munich to Tokyo, now that the political stars appear aligned for free-trade treaties that could knock down some of the walls dividing the three capitals of the global auto market.... Read More »

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Yen is only part of the trade story

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 9, 2013
As long as Japan remains a captive market for Japanese automakers, the playing field will never be "level" as you describe in "Stop crying about the 'weak' yen" (autonews.com, Aug. 15).... Read More »

 

Customs hits illegal imports hard

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 24, 2013
The Land Rover Defender can take a tremendous pounding in the world's harshest settings: jungles, tundras and deserts. But it can't survive the Baltimore claw. In April, federal Customs and Border Protection agents seized a Defender illegally imported into the port of Baltimore from Great Britain, a trend that has been bubbling under the radar for years.... Read More »

 

BMW studying Mexico assembly plant

10:49 am U.S. ET | Aug. 17, 2013
BMW is studying expanding its North American manufacturing footprint with an assembly plant in Mexico. Ludwig Willisch, CEO of BMW of North America, said that the automaker has been in preliminary discussions with "local governments" in Mexico about the possibility of building a factory in their districts.... Read More »

 

U.S. lawmaker seeks tough rules on Japan autos in trade talks

6:45 pm U.S. ET | July 23, 2013
A senior U.S. lawmaker on Tuesday urged the Obama administration to push for tough rules on opening the U.S. market to more Japanese autos and to take a firm line in free trade talks against currency manipulation, as Detroit automakers and workers turned up the heat on the White House.... Read More »

 

U.S. will join EU case against Russia's car recycling fee

July 18, 2013 18:35 CET
The U.S. plans to join the EU in a World Trade Organization case that challenges a Russian auto recycling fee program as an illegal trade barrier against imported cars.... Read More »

 

U.S. will join EU case against Russia's car recycling fee

12:35 pm U.S. ET | July 18, 2013
The U.S. plans to join the EU in a World Trade Organization case that challenges a Russian auto recycling fee program as an illegal trade barrier against imported cars.... Read More »

 

Russia targets Ukrainian chocolate in car trade dispute

July 10, 2013 06:01 CET
Russia plans to put trade sanctions on Ukraine, penalizing imports of chocolate, coal and glass in retaliation for a Ukrainian emergency import tax on cars.... Read More »

 

EU targets Russian car-recycling fees in WTO dispute

July 9, 2013 13:17 CET
The EU is filing a dispute with Russia at the World Trade Organization over fees for imported used cars. The EU says Russia is illegally protecting its automakers. The issue matters because Russia offers a lucrative export market for EU carmakers.... Read More »

 

Fiat's Serbia unit trims output forecast for 500L range

July 5, 2013 11:13 CET
Fiat's Serbian unit has cut its annual production estimate for the 500L lineup on delays in launching the model range in Russia, the plant's CEO said. Serbia has a free-trade agreement with Russia -- but it currently excludes cars.... Read More »

 

Detroit automakers urge 30-year tariff phase-out on Japan cars

4:08 pm U.S. ET | July 2, 2013
Detroit automakers, following a failed effort to keep Japan out of regional free trade talks, today outlined their fallback position, including a demand that auto tariffs be phased in the United States out in no less than 25 to 30 years.... Read More »

 

Japan eyes reform of auto market as trade talks loom

12:04 pm U.S. ET | June 18, 2013
Japan sees an urgency in overhauling policies that favor domestic industries such as automakers as it seeks to revive the economy and join talks on a Pacific-region trade deal, the government's ambassador to the United States said.... Read More »

 

HANS GREIMEL

Resurgent economy bolsters foreign car sales in Japan

10:36 am U.S. ET | June 7, 2013
For months, American and European automakers have been fretting about the impact of the tumbling yen on local sales. But here's the flip side they don't complain about: Import sales in Japan are soaring.... Read More »

 

EU-China trade dispute could put European carmakers' sales at risk

June 7, 2013 12:31 CET
A trade dispute between the EU and China could hit European automakers' sales in China. A tariff on cars with larger engines would hurt German premium automakers BMW, Mercedes and Audi.... Read More »

 

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