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Opening International Markets

The automotive aftermarket is a rapidly growing segment of the global economy. AAIA's international program assists members seeking opportunities in the lucrative international market.

AAIA supports international regulations and treaties that assist the industry's efforts to reach customers worldwide. The association also works to break down economic trade barriers in countries where AAIA members are attempting to conduct business.

India Auto Export Webinar 2013

Chinese International Auto Parts Expo (CIAPE)

China’s new car sales have eclipsed, for the first time, the sale of new cars in the U.S. From a China car park of 3.5 million in 1995, it is estimated that the number of vehicles will reach 70 million by 2012. Yet, the growth of China’s aftermarket to support the huge increase in vehicles has not kept pace. And, while American, European and other foreign companies have for years increased their aftermarket presence in China, the fledgling Chinese aftermarket still offers significant opportunities for competitive foreign firms to help build and shape the industry.

The Chinese International Auto Parts Expo (CIAPE), sponsored by the Chinese Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM), offers opportunities for aftermarket companies interested in planning their market entry or business expansion in China’s fast-growing aftermarket. The Expo provides numerous educational, networking events and other opportunities for U.S. suppliers, retailers, distributors and service providers, to network and establish new business relationships, and to promote their brands, products and services to potential Chinese aftermarket business partners and customers. For more information, go to

Researching International Markets

Through international research reports prepared by the AAIA's market research team, members can keep informed about the latest aftermarket information around the globe.

Creating Worldwide Product Exposure

With its growing international buyer attendance, AAPEX offers the greatest opportunities for U.S. aftermarket companies seeking new export and investment opportunities in global markets. AAIA works with the Department of Commerce International Buyer Program (IBP), using foreign commercial specialists, as well as with major international aftermarket distributor groups, to attract prominent aftermarket buyers to the world’s premier annual aftermarket gathering place. International trade shows also can offer global exposure for U.S. aftermarket products, and AAIA has actively promoted key shows such as CIAPE, Equip Auto, Automec and Autopromotec. For more information on the industry's top international resource, contact AAIA at 301-654-6664.