Welcome to the AIEC

The Automotive Industry Export Council (AIEC) was established in 1999 as the official private sector export promotion body for the automotive industry in South Africa. Products addressed include passenger cars, trucks and buses, original equipment components, aftermarket parts and accessories.

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South Africa

A premier supplier of high quality, competitive vehicles, components, parts and accessories to international markets.
  • New vehicle production heading for 1,0 million units per annum
  • Exports to more than 150 countries
  • Light vehicle manufacturers - BMW, Ford, Isuzu, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, Toyota, Volkswagen
  • All major truck and bus companies represented in South Africa
  • Over 500 automotive component suppliers
  • Compliance with leading international quality standards
  • Global sourcing hub and supplier of competitive, quality products
  • Gateway to Africa
  • Flexible manufacturing production advantages
  • Duty free exports into the EU [SADC-EPA free trade agreement]
  • Duty free exports into the USA [AGOA trade arrangement]
  • Duty free exports into SADC [SADC free trade area]
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The vision of the AIEC is to ensure improved international competitiveness and, for the automotive sector as the leading manufacturing sector in South Africa, to upgrade its own export value chain as well as cross cutting value chains to make a bigger contribution to the economic growth and employment levels of the country.


The end result of the AIEC activities will be to broaden the export base by bringing in more companies that export directly in their own right or by being suppliers to exporting companies. In addition, the objective is to increase the value of exports of automotive products.