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Automotive manufacturers: no to tariff barriers for USA-UE trade


Mutual recognition of safety regulations is a must. Meanwhile, anti-crisis measures for Italian transporters are incoming.

Paolo Castiglia


A mutual recognition of vehicle safety standards and legal measures that would eliminate tariff barriers. That's what manufacturers in the automotive sector are calling for in the United States as well as the European Union. The above-mentioned manufacturers have, in fact, made their requests manifest during the eighth round of negotiations on the transatlantic partnership for trade and investment.

The manufacturer’s position was represented by the European Automobile Manufacturer’s Association (ACEA), the American Association of Political Consultants (AAPC) and by Auto Alliance on behalf of the transatlantic automobile industry.

"The automotive trade – according to a statement that involves virtually all the major Western manufacturers in the industry  - already makes up 10% of all trading between the US and EU. A new deal that includes the elimination of both tariff and non-tariff barriers is sorely needed. "

All this, according to representatives of the manufacturers - could lead on the one hand to an increase in trade volumes, and on the other to a fundamental reduction in production costs, and it doesn’t end there: "more and better jobs can be created, which will improve industrial competitiveness".


There are of course some “limits”-the manufacturers explain- that are essential to the proper development of this promotion. First, the environment and safety issue needs to be addressed: "Great results can be obtained – as a joint statement explains - without lowering environmental and safety standards currently present both in the US and in Europe." Talking about safety, the associations are demanding that the US and EU "recognize their respective safety standards, since they are in fact equivalent, but impose higher costs to manufacturers that export their vehicles, without translating in  an additional level of safety. "

Regulatory simplification, therefore, is what manufacturers are asking for, while some small satisfaction of an economic nature is what Italian transporters recently got: transport associations, in fact, have expressed satisfaction with the choice of the Italian Government to confirm the economic resources allotted to road transport, the so-called "undocumented expenses" that, considering the current economic downturn, "are vital for the survival of small and medium-sized Italian companies."

Still on the economic front, it is noteworthy that the Government has recognized the requests - particularly those advanced by Small Business Associations - to extend, at least for a further year, the opportunity to demonstrate the financial requirements through an insurance policy for businesses already operating in the market and not only for new National Register members. The sector’s representatives intend to "continue the dialogue with public institutions in the belief that it can, as is already happening,  better understand the true needs of the road transport sector."


Here's how economic resources will be allocated to the sector in 2015: € 20 million for expenses related to the National Health Service; 60 million for the reimbursement of undocumented expenses; 120 million for motorway tolls reimbursements; 40 million for investments, mergers and restructuring of the sector. The last 10 million are earmarked for professional training.

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