Automobile industry welcomes the opening of EU-US trade talks

Brussels, 17 June 2013 — On Friday, Member States gave the Commission the mandate to negotiate a comprehensive trade agreement between the EU and the US - the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). The European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA) welcomes this move and has been working actively with its US counterpart, the American Automotive Policy Council (AAPC), to provide input to the authorities on both sides of the Atlantic.

EU-US auto-related trade currently accounts for some 10% of total trade between the two regions. Together, the EU and US account for 32% of global auto production and 35% of global auto sales. Under the TTIP, they would therefore represent the largest share of auto production and sales ever covered by a single trade agreement. "The TTIP would strengthen the EU and US as worldwide auto standards setters," stated ACEA Secretary General, Ivan Hodac.

According to the Commission’s impact assessment reports, current auto non-tariff barriers (NTBs) are equivalent to an ad valoremtariff of about 26%. The elimination of tariffs and just a quarter of existing NTBs would increase EU vehicle and parts exports to the US by 149% for the period 2017-2027. The estimated increase in EU-US auto trade achieved with the elimination of tariffs and NTBs would account for more than a third of the total estimated increase in bilateral trade flows associated with a successful TTIP negotiation. "If both sides are to realise the full economic potential of the TTIP, achieving a comprehensive auto package must be a priority. Such a package should include the elimination of tariffs and NTBs, as well as meaningful regulatory convergence," stated Mr Hodac. "This will require strong and sustained political support at the highest levels."

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Notes for editors · ACEA members are BMW Group, DAF Trucks, Daimler, FIAT S.p.A., Ford of Europe, General Motors Europe, Hyundai Motor Europe, IVECO S.p.A., Jaguar Land Rover, PSA Peugeot Citroën, Renault Group, Toyota Motor Europe, Volkswagen Group, Volvo Cars, Volvo Group. More information can be found on www.acea.be.

Facts about the EU automobile industry

  • Some 11.6 million people - or 5.3% of the EU employed population - work in the sector.
  • The 3.2 million jobs in automotive manufacturing represent 10.2% of EU's manufacturing employment.
  • Motor vehicles account for over €385 billion in tax contribution in the EU.
  • The sector is also a key driver of knowledge and innovation, representing Europe's largest private contributor to R&D, with €26 billion invested annually.
  • The automotive sector contributes positively to the EU trade balance with a €92 billion surplus. This contribution is highly significant today as the EU economy as a whole struggles with a total trade deficit for goods of €152.8 billion.

For further information, please contact Cara McLaughlin, Director of Communications, ACEA, Tel: +32 2 738 73 45; Mobile: +32 485 88 66 47; cm@acea.be