China announces tougher standards for automobile exports
(Shanghai August 17) – In order to deal with the increasing volume of Chinese vehicles destined for sales overseas, five government departments have jointly released legislation regulating automobile and motorcycle exports, the National Business Daily reported. The legislation will implement stricter quality control and export management standards. According to the legislation, if vehicles are found to have severe quality issues, their manufacturers will not be allowed to export them.
The legislation, which was formulated by the Ministry of Commerce, Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, General Administration of Customs, General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine and the Certification and Accreditation Administration. According to the stipulations laid out by the legislation, manufacturers seeking to export their vehicles overseas must ensure that their products conform to the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology’s Provisions on Supervision and Administration of the Inspection of Vehicle Products. Only after gaining a China Compulsory Certification will the vehicles will be permitted to be exported.
The government has the power to revoke export rights for any vehicles found to have severe issues with quality or safety in order to ensure that the reputation of Chinese products overseas is not harmed. Several industry analysts have expressed their praise for the implementation of the new policy, which they see as a major step in raising the image of Chinese vehicles globally. However, the legislation may make exporting vehicles more difficult for own brand manufacturers, which have already been under a lot of pressure due to decreasing domestic sales.
According to recent statistics, China exported 95,400 automobiles in August, up 5.9 percent from the previous month and 10.7 percent from the previous year. A total of 675,400 automobiles have been exported over the first eight months of the year. Very recently, Chinese manufacturers have been setting their sights beyond Africa and the Middle East and expanding into Europe and Australia.