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Nov. 1, 2013—The Auto International Association (AIA), a segment of the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA), announced Thursday that it will host a series of “Global Market Updates” during the Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo (AAPEX) in Las Vegas. The AIA has also added an export-focused session to the AAPEX Learning Forum.  

AAPEX is scheduled for Nov. 5–7 at the Sands Expo Center.

AIA’s focus is to identify and promote both import and export trade opportunities for AAIA members.

The three “Global Market Updates” at AAPEX will feature three different markets:

India: presented by the Automotive Component Manufacturers Association of India (ACMA) on Nov. 5 at 1 p.m.
Colombia: presented by the U.S. Commercial Service on Nov. 5 at 3 p.m.
Australia: presented by the Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA) on Nov. 6 at 11 a.m.

All presentations will be given in the AAPEX Press Conference Room, No. 304, of the Sands Expo Center.

AIA is also adding a new export-focused session to the AAPEX Learning Forum. The session, “Best Export Opportunities for U.S. Auto Parts,” will be conducted by the U.S. Commercial Service and provide an overview of U.S. government export assistance programs and key export opportunities for U.S. auto parts manufacturers. Auto industry experts from the Commercial Service will discuss how companies can start or increase international sales and highlight current key markets where export opportunities exist. This session will be held on Nov. 6 from 2–3 p.m. in Marco Polo Room 704.

“AIA is committed to providing its membership with the tools to successfully import to and export from the North American marketplace,” said Steve Bearden, AIA chairman. “While we will continue our commitment to promoting the import side of the auto care industry, we now hope to duplicate that success on the export side and to become the engine behind AAIA’s promotion of international trade opportunities for its members.”

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