International Research

Saudi Arabia Tire and Inner Tube Market

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The Saudi automotive tire and inner tube market is the largest in the Near East. In 2004, Saudi tire distributors imported $445 million worth of automotive tires. Japanese manufacturers topped the list of suppliers at more than 41 percent share of the Saudi import market, while U.S. companies came in fourth place after South Korea and China. Saudi Arabia does not have a tire industry. Custom duty on imported tires is five percent and imported tires have to meet applicable standards set out by the Saudi Arabian Standards Organization (SASO). Price and quality play a major role in marketing tires.

 

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Russia Truck Market

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Russia’s entire automotive market is growing at remarkable pace with imports of foreign makes steadily increasing. Significant recent reductions in duty rates on imported components have also increased the number of enterprises assembling foreign make trucks. Though inexpensive models are still the leading sellers, the rapid expansion of leasing mechanisms is helping Russian customers to purchase quality equipment. Domestic manufacturers dominate the market but their primary advantage remains low price, with quality still falling below modern standards. The development of the automotive manufacturing industry is a key priority of Russia’s industrial policy and the Russian government is actively encouraging foreign investment in the domestic automotive industry.

 

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Russia Automotive Aftermarket

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Twenty-three million car owners in Russia consume a wide range of spare parts, accessories and car-care products. This number should grow by about 5-10% annually. Therefore, U.S. companies enjoy considerable opportunities to sell their parts, accessories and service equipment. The number of cars and trucks in Russia has grown tremendously over the last ten years and this trend continues today. However, the share of older vehicles in Russia is much higher than that in Western countries; and, as a result, those vehicles require extensive maintenance, spare parts and expendable supplies.

 

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Japanese Aftermarket - An Overview of the Regulatory Situation

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In Japan, there are “Safety Standards” to ensure the safety of vehicles and prevent environmental pollution. Vehicles that do not meet the “Safety Standards” set out under the Road Vehicles Act cannot be driven on public roads.

 

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Poland Automotive Tires

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The market for automotive tires has grown significantly over the past several years. This trend will continue as the number of cars registered in Poland grows. Investments by some of the world’s major car manufacturers (Fiat, General Motors - Opel, Volkswagen) and soaring imports of used cars have significantly expanded the market for tires.

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Poland Automotive Repair and Maintenance Equipment

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The market for automotive repair and maintenance equipment has grown significantly over the past several years. This trend will continue as the number of cars registered in Poland grows. Investments by some of the world’s major car manufacturers (Fiat, General Motors - Opel, Volkswagen) and soaring imports of used cars have significantly expanded the market for repair services. American repair equipment enjoys an excellent reputation for reliability and quality in Poland.

 

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Nigeria Used Car Parts

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Nigeria is the largest market for used car parts in sub Saharan Africa and constitutes the biggest export market for the United States in the region. Over the years, declining per capita income has forced many Nigerians to opt for used cars and parts. By the end of 2004, imports of used parts totaled about 400 million USD and industry experts project a 50% increase over the next 2-3 years.

 

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Morocco Automotive Parts

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The growth of the auto parts market follows closely the trend of the automotive market: In Morocco, the fast annual growth of 6% of the automotive sales is attributed mainly to lower car prices as a result of the Morocco-EU trade agreement, as well as improved consumer access to financing.

 

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Korea Local Production in Automotive Parts Industry

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In 2003, Korea manufactured 3.2 million units of automotive vehicles which accounted for 5.5% of the global automotive production volume, while ranked 6th largest following the U.S., Japan, Germany, China and France. The production volume is forecast to reach 3.4 million in 2004, up 7%, mostly stimulated by recovering domestic demand and aggressive export plan of Korean automotive OEMs.

 

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Jamaica Auto Parts and Accessories

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Although in Jamaica, one drives on the left hand side of the road, the United States remains an important source of
automobile parts and accessories. Industry experts estimate that between 10 and 15 percent of Jamaican automobile parts
and accessories market is sourced from the U.S. Other important source countries for parts and accessories are
Taiwan, Panama, Canada and China. Although China seems to be a good source for low priced products, some importers
are cautious about importing from that country because of distance and quality concerns. In general because of language
and quality considerations, the United States is the favored source country for a wide variety of accessories such as alarm systems, car exterior cleaners, upholstery & carpet cleaners, car covers, and rims.

 

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