Global auto manufacturers call for resolution of WTO impasse

Brussels, 10 December 2019 – The EU, US, Japanese and Korean automobile manufacturers have joined forces to express their concerns about the impending blockage of the decision-making process in the World Trade Organisation’s (WTO) appellate body structure.

The global coalition of automobile manufacturers calls on all WTO member countries to swiftly resolve the current impasse and thereby boost the significant contribution that the WTO’s rules-based system makes to free and fair trade, as well as its contribution to global economic growth.

If the WTO’s appellate body loses its ability to successfully resolve disputes, the entire structure of international trade could be critically undermined, warn the associations of vehicle manufacturers in the European Union (ACEA), the United States (AAPC, Alliance and Global Automakers), Japan (JAMA) and South Korea (KAMA).

The resulting loss of certainty and predictability for trade in goods and services will be felt acutely in the automotive sector – which relies on global supply chains, highly efficient manufacturing processes and access to world markets.

“While we recognise that there are substantial long-held concerns regarding the current WTO dispute settlement system, that should not be allowed to undermine the whole rules-based international trading system,” say the associations in a joint statement.

The auto industry accounts for nearly 10% of world trade. It relies on a free and fair trading system to facilitate a strong and efficient automotive manufacturing sector.


Notes for editors

About the American Automotive Policy Council (AAPC)

  • The American Automotive Policy Council (AAPC) represents the common public policy interests of its member companies – FCA US, Ford Motor Company and General Motors Company.

About the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers (Alliance) 

  • The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers (Alliance) is a trade association of 12 car and light truck manufacturers including BMW Group, FCA US, Ford Motor Company, General Motors Corporation, Jaguar Land Rover, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz USA, Mitsubishi Motors, Porsche, Toyota, Volkswagen Group of America and Volvo Car USA.

About the Association of Global Automakers

  • The Association of Global Automakers is a trade association based in Washington DC that represents the US operations of international motor vehicle manufacturers, original equipment suppliers, and other automotive-related companies and trade associations.

About the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association (JAMA) 

  • The Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association (JAMA) is a non-profit industry association which comprises Japan’s 14 manufacturers of passenger cars, trucks, buses and motorcycles.

About the Korea Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (KAMA)

  • The Korea Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (KAMA) is a non-profit organisation, representing the interests of automakers in Korea.

About ACEA

  • The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) represents the 15 major Europe-based car, van, truck and bus makers: BMW Group, CNH Industrial, DAF Trucks, Daimler, Ferrari, Ford of Europe, Honda Motor Europe, Hyundai Motor Europe, Jaguar Land Rover, Renault Group, Stellantis, Toyota Motor Europe, Volkswagen Group, Volvo Cars, and Volvo Group.
  • Visit www.acea.auto for more information about ACEA, and follow us on www.twitter.com/ACEA_auto or www.linkedin.com/company/ACEA/.
  • Contact: Cara McLaughlin, Communications Director, cm@acea.auto, +32 485 88 66 47.

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About the EU automobile industry

  • 14.6 million Europeans work in the auto industry (directly and indirectly), accounting for 6.7% of all EU jobs.
  • 11.5% of EU manufacturing jobs – some 3.7 million – are in the automotive sector.
  • Motor vehicles are responsible for €398.4 billion of tax revenue for governments across key European markets.
  • The automobile industry generates a trade surplus of €74 billion for the EU.
  • The turnover generated by the auto industry represents more than 8% of the EU’s GDP.
  • Investing €62 billion in R&D annually, the automotive sector is Europe’s largest private contributor to innovation, accounting for 33% of total EU spending.
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