BEIJING - China plans stricter export rules to ensure that only big and
credible auto makers take part in the nation's push to become a major power in
the global vehicle market, state media said.
Beginning from March 1, the
government will introduce a licensing system that will weed out auto makers that
are too small to compete internationally, the official Xinhua news agency
A customer looks at the engine of a Chery QQ car at a
dealership of China's largest car exporter, Chery Automobile in Shanghai.
China plans stricter export rules to ensure that only big and credible
auto makers take part in the nation's push to become a major power in the
global vehicle market, state media said.[AFP]
"There are too many exporters and the exporting business is in chaos, with
problems such as cut-throat competition arising," Xinhua said.
A statement posted on the website of the commerce ministry announced the new
moves but gave no further details.
Xinhua quoted unsourced statistics showing that some 1,025 Chinese
enterprises were involved in vehicle exports in 2005.
Out of these, more than 600 enterprises less than 10 vehicles in the course
of the entire year, while another 160 exported just one automobile each.
The announcement of the new measures came as the government released trade
data showing Chinese vehicle exports almost doubled last year.
China's auto industry exported a total of 340,000 vehicles in 2006, an
increase of 96 percent from 173,000 the year before, Xinhua said, citing the
"China is aiming to lift the value of its vehicle and auto parts exports to
... 10 percent of the world's total vehicle trading volume in the next 10
years," said Vice Minister of Commerce Wei Jianguo, according to Xinhua.
The goal compares with auto and auto part exports that currently account for
just 0.7 percent of global trade in those product categories.
Chinese autos are mainly sold to emerging markets in the Middle East, Latin
America and Russia. However, many in the industry have ambitious plans for more
developed markets as well.
DaimlerChrysler's US arm said last week it was joining forces with China's
Chery Automotive to build small cars in China that will then be sold in the
United States and around the world.
Brilliance China Automotive Holdings, one of the nation's top auto makers,
announced in November that it planned to ship 158,000 cars to Europe over the
next five years.
It marked the biggest ever single export deal that any Chinese car
manufacturer had carried out using its own brand, Brilliance China said.
The urge to export is partly linked to the problem of overcapacity, resulting
from years of expensive investment in new plants that has outpaced even China's
booming demand for cars, the lifestyle symbol of an emerging middle class.
China said late last month it would raise the threshold for investment in new
auto projects in a bid to rein in capacity.
Auto makers that wish to add new plants must prove that they have been able
to sell at least 80 percent of their annual production capacity the previous
year, according to earlier reports in the state media.
The country's production capacity reached eight million units by July 1, 2005
while demand was only 71.5 percent of capacity last year, data from the National
Development and Reform Commission showed.