Global Automotive Team Newsletter - Spring 2017

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Quarterly Newsletter - Spring 2017 

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Focus on: Colombia

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Colombia is the third largest automotive manufacturer in South America, supported with auto parts imports valued at US$3.9 billion in 2016, from which 21% came from the United States. Colombia’s automotive industry includes assembly of light vehicles, light weight trucks, buses and motorcycles, and manufacturing of parts used in assembly for the OEMs. The greatest demand in the market is for replacement parts. Although infrastructure is improving, roads are generally in poor condition causing wear and tear. Electric vehicles also offer potential for U.S. exporters. A recorded briefing on the commercial environment and automotive sector is posted here. Best prospects for U.S. exporters include:

  • Radiators, clutches, suspension systems, brake parts
  • Gasoline and diesel engines
  • Shock absorbers/struts/coils
  • Lights, high and low beam (HID) and also decorative lights (LED)
  • Air filters and oil filters
  • Windshields (glass)
  • Gaskets for engines
  • Tires and rims for small vehicles, trucks and buses
  • Parts of fans, ventilating hoods, air conditioning and parts for motor vehicles
  • Performance: suspension, brakes, etc.
  • Tire retreading equipment
  • Tire recycling operators
  • Diagnostic equipment

U.S. suppliers that want to position and develop their auto parts/brands need to invest in marketing campaigns to support their distributor network and sales representatives. U.S. companies are encouraged to view our Country Commercial Guide for general insight and to deepen business development and find local partners by joining the Auto Care Association led Trade Mission to Bogota, June 7-8, 2017.

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Upcoming Events

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Finland’s Largest Auto Show, April 14-16, 2017:  “American Car Show”. U.S. companies can attend and promote products for just $500. Showcase your brand in person or with literature and exhibit alongside the U.S. Embassy’s own local hot rod. The “American Car Show” now in its 40th year will be the largest auto show ever produced in Finland and will take place during celebration of the country's 100th year of independence. Finns have had a fascination with “American Steel” since the 1970s and the hobby has grown into a strong local industry supporting individual enthusiasts, speed shops, and parts distributors. Finland has a population of only 5.5 million, but certainly enjoys one of the highest per capita rates of ownership of classic American cars in the region, if not all of Europe! Distributors, vendors, hobbyists, and enthusiasts from all over Scandinavia and the Nordic-Baltic region will join over 80,000 show attendees. The Embassy’s U.S. Commercial Service team will facilitate introductions to local distributors at the show. Contact  

Automechanika Dubai – United Arab Emirates, May 7-9, 2017Certified by the U.S. Department of Commerce and expecting over 2,000 exhibitors across 17 exhibit halls, the number of key buyers and decision makers attending the show continues to rise each year, making it an important source of new business contacts in the sector. The market is broadly divided between passenger cars and commercial vehicles, at 80% and 20%, respectively.  According to industry reports, UAE’s trade in auto parts and accessories was valued at around $12 billion, a 10% increase, and its imports were $7 billion. Contact

SEMA Australia Regional Business Development Conference, May 23-27.  U.S. specialty equipment companies can travel to Melbourne in May to meet with potential buyers from Australia and New Zealand, visit vehicle customization shops, and learn about local auto-related trends with the assistance of the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) and the International Trade Administration. Contact

U.S. Automotive Trade Mission to Colombia, June 7-9, 2017.  The Auto Care Association and the International Trade Administration announce an opportunity to enter and expand your export business to Colombia and Latin America. The trade mission to Bogota is timed to overlap with the region’s leading aftermarket trade show, Expopartes. It is a cost-effective opportunity to gain firsthand market information and meet one-on-one with foreign industry executives, pre-screened to match your specific business objectives. Contact

INA PAACE Automechanika in Mexico City, June 14-16, 2017. Industrial Nacional de Autopartes (INA) and Messe Frankfurt have joined forces to produce one cohesive event serving the entire automotive OEM and aftermarket. Certified by the U.S. Department of Commerce, this event is the ultimate platform for sourcing domestic and international products and suppliers.  It offers valuable education and training, unmatched business solutions, exciting network events, and more.  Contact:

Latin Auto Parts Expo (LAPE), in Panama, July 19-21, 2017.  The Expo provides manufacturers and distributors direct access to the Latin American and Caribbean OEM, replacement parts, aftermarket parts, automotive remanufactured parts, and tuning markets.

Automotive Aftermarket Trade Mission to Honduras & Nicaragua, September 26-18, 2017.  Learn about the commercial environments and opportunities in these markets through webinars on April 25 (Honduras) and May 25 (Nicaragua). Led by the Auto Care Association in partnership with the U.S. Department of Commerce. Contact 

Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA) Trade Mission to South Africa, Johannesburg, September 25-27, 2017. Boost your understanding of the South African automotive aftermarket by visiting distributor facilities, receiving U.S. Embassy, U.S. Commercial Service market briefings; participate in one-on-one matchmaking meetings with South African buyers/distributors; and exhibit at or visit the Automechanika Johannesburg Show to meet additional buyers and contacts from throughout South Africa and the region. Contact or

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