The name of the Council shall be the Automotive Industry Export Council (AIEC) (hereinafter referred to as the Council).
The purpose and objectives of the Council shall be
To function as an export forum, though which its members may discuss issues of common interest and develop appropriate positions and projects to promote and safeguard the Automotive Industry’s export activities;
To initiate closer interaction and liaison between the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and exporters in the South African automotive industry, to build trust and establish more effective lines of communication between the private sector and the Directorate : Export Trade Promotion;
To identify key Automotive Industry export capabilities, key competitive and potentially competitive Automotive products as well as foreign market opportunities on behalf of the South African Automotive Industry and to determine key priorities in the export development thereof;
To increase export awareness and establish an export culture in the South African automotive and associated industries;
To provide a platform for government and the automotive industry to jointly develop and manage a more focussed global strategy for export development;
To utilise the platform provided by the Council to assist and train Small, Medium and Micro Enterprises (SMME’s) to enter and compete in export markets.
To collect, study and disseminate, for the benefit of its members, information relevant to the exports of motor vehicles and components and to initiate appropriate action aimed at reducing and overcoming identified obstacles and improving export opportunities. In addition, the Council will, wherever appropriate, promote new investment and job creation;
To consider legislation, regulations and other Governmental measures (including taxation and documentation) in importing countries in respect of the importation and distribution of motor vehicles and components;
To consider customs, distributive organisation and practices in the motor trade of importing countries;
To consider South African legislation, regulations and other governmental measures (including certification, documentation and taxation) in respect of the export of motor vehicles and components;
To consider modes and costs of transportation and insurance of motor vehicles and components to export markets;
To study any other aspect impeding or promoting motor vehicles and component export prospects;
To take such steps as may be required from time to time in the interest of its members towards the maintenance and expansion of their exports of motor vehicles and components;
To consider the impact of free trade and/or other economic block proposals, including South African Development Community (SADC), on the exports of motor vehicles and components;
To appoint industry representatives to serve on the National Export Advisory Committee (NEAC).