A quick update on automotive products’ regulations and certification conference in ASEAN & Asia The APEC Automotive Dialogue (AD) serves as a forum for APEC member economy officials and senior industry representatives, and was established in recognition of the broad benefits to many economies of trade liberalization and facilitation in the automotive sector. It allows the public and private sectors to work together to improve policy development, to identify barriers to growth and to develop effective cooperation mechanisms for APEC economies to address and reduce impediments. The AD first met in 1999 in Indonesia and has continued to meet every year since then.

Brief Report on the 19th Meeting of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Automotive Dialogue

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This year, the 30th meeting (AD 30) was held in Bali, Indonesia from 25 to 28 June 2019. AD 30 was co-chaired by Indonesia and Chinese Taipei, with attendance of Canada, China, Japan, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Peru, the Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Thailand, the United States and Vietnam. The meeting was also attended by guest participants from India and Australia. From Japan, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association (JAMA) attended.

The agenda for this meeting was structured around the topics of market access, standards and regulations, trade facilitation, and new technology.

Market Access: Peer Review or Economy Report

Each of some member economies presented on its 2018 market situation, which included a review of its motor vehicle production, sales, exports, status of its free trade agreements, and new policy developments in its respective economy.

JAMA introduced the Japan’s automobile-related taxes system and JAMA’s activity to reduce the automobile-related tax of vehicles users in Japan. As its result, reduction of automobile tax on the car ownership, incentive scheme for eco-friendly vehicles and new environment performance tax were realized in the tax reform for Japan’s fiscal 2019.

Harmonization of Standards and Regulations

JAMA made a presentation on the trend in harmonization of international standards for automated driving at WP.29 (World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations) by reporting the development of a framework document and informal groups to proceed discussions and activities related to automated vehicles. As a closing, JAMA encouraged all APEC AD economies to participate in WP.29.

Trade Facilitation and Key Issues of Automobile Industry

The compendium of motor vehicles related taxes in APEC is continuously updated. The ultimate goal of the research is to provide information on various tax bases and valuation criteria, and promote the adoption of transparency measures to prevent design of excise taxes as impediments to trade.

With estimations that aging population will make progress in Asia, JAMA presented on the status of road accidents in Japan including the increasing trend of fatal road accidents caused by elderly drivers aged over 75 years. Japanese automakers are enhancing advanced driver assistance systems.

New Technology: Autonomous Vehicles and Electric Vehicles

AD members have been discussing issues related to autonomous driving since the 28th AD meeting held in 2018. At the AD 28, AD members agreed to develop either a guideline or a roadmap on autonomous driving which may present a broader but guided policy direction toward autonomous driving.

At AD 30, AD members discussed this issue under a dedicated agenda item that comprised of four sessions such as panel discussion, moderated panel discussion on the Automated/Autonomous Vehicles (AV) Guideline, etc

In the panel discussion on government’s perspective, the regulatory perspectives of six economies including Japan on AV were presented. From Japan, METI reported Japan’s initiatives to promote autonomous driving in Japan including amendment of road traffic act, amendment of road vehicle act, Japanese guideline regarding the safety technology for automated vehicles and field operational tests in Tokyo waterfront area.

In the moderated discussion on the AV guideline, Japan and Unites States presented an introductory briefing on the draft “AV Principals and Guidelines”. With the aim of reaching consensus, further discussion will be held at the next AD meeting.

The next APEC AD

The next APEC AD (AD 31) will take place in Chinese Taipei in December 2019 by the co-chair of Chinese Taipei and Indonesia.


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