How Did We Celebrate World Trade Month?

Posted by Kathleen Schmatz on June 03, 2014

The month of May is widely celebrated across the United States as “World Trade Month.” Around the country, state and local governments, non-profit organizations and private sector entities supported events to help more American companies engage and succeed in the global marketplace. And the Auto Care Association did its part by being more active internationally than we’ve ever been. Below are just some of the highlights of our international activities last month in honor of World Trade Month.

  • A seven-person delegation of officials from the China Automotive Maintenance and Repair Association (CAMRA) met with professional staff at Auto Care Association offices. CAMRA represents entities engaged in automotive repair, inspection, parts distribution and manufacturing. The purpose of the meeting was to share information about the association’s respective programs and identify areas of potential mutual cooperation. The meeting was also an opportunity to discuss plans for formation of a Global Auto Care Coalition and a summit to be held in China later this year, which will be attended by a number of international aftermarket associations. You can read more about this meeting here.
  • We released the Digital Auto Care Factbook 2015. The latest Factbook includes global economic and automotive data including vehicle registrations by country, U.S. trade data for selected motor vehicle products and top ranked import/export countries and information on the Canadian, Mexican and Chinese auto care industries. More info on the new Factbook is available here.
  • We participated in the Trade Winds – the Americas Business Development Conference and Trade Mission, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Commerce. The 2014 Trade Winds program included an Americas-focused business forum consisting of regional and industry specific conference sessions as well as pre-arranged consultations with U.S. Foreign Commercial Service Senior Officers representing commercial markets throughout the region. You can read more about the Auto Care Association’s participation in Trade Winds here.
  • We participated in the fifth annual TAYSAD Aftermarket Conference in Istanbul, Turkey. TAYSAD is Turkey’s Association of Automotive Parts and Components Manufacturers. The Auto Care Association gave a presentation on the state of the U.S. auto care industry and promoted business opportunities with our members. We also networked with leading regional industry and government officials.
  • Our meetings and events staff traveled to Panama to make final arrangements for the Auto Care Association pavilion at the upcoming Latin Auto Parts Expo, July 9-11, in Panama City, Panama. We are thrilled that 40 of our members have decided to exhibit with us at this first-year show, and are working hard to make sure it is a success.
  • Professional staff served as keynote speaker at the Capricorn (Program Group) Convention in Abu Dhabi attended by more than 400 Australian and New Zealand aftermarket distributors and repair shop and store owners. The presentation covered our new rebranding initiative, U.S. industry snapshot, the Right to Repair victory and MOU and telematics.

Our staff logged a lot of miles and made a lot of great contacts in May. But our industry is global 12 months a year, so promoting international trade with our members is a year-round priority for us. We’re working on providing more foreign market intelligence and international trade resources. We can’t make the deals for our members, but we can make the road a little less daunting.


Be sure to check out the updated international trade resources on our new website. And don’t be shy about joining the conversation and letting us know your international goals and challenges and what we can do to help.