WASHINGTON (April 19, 2002) — The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA), working with the U.S. government and a group of companies that imports goods to Mexico, has successfully scrapped a proposed Mexican domestic wheel standard.
That standard, called “Auto,” would have increased costs of importing wheels for the Mexican market, according to Linda Spencer, SEMA director of international and government relations.
“PROY-NOM-150, if it had become government policy, could have significantly increased the price of imported wheels in Mexico, because it would have required all aftermarket wheels to be tested in Mexican labs, certified, and imprinted with Mexico-specific information,” Ms. Spencer said. “That would mean a separate wheel-mold process for wheel manufacturers who want to do business with our NAFTA partners to the South.”
SEMA will be part of the industry and governmental group involved in the next steps in determining the governmental standard for how aftermarket wheels or rims will go to market in Mexico, Ms. Spencer said. Currently, the market share of aftermarket wheels in Mexico is 70 percent.
Wheel manufacturers faced as many as 25 different tests to qualify their line of replacement wheels and rims.
Ms. Spencer claimed the proposed regulation would have minimal, if any, benefit to Mexican consumers, doing little to improve consumer safety. She added that “there have been no reported problems with the quality or safety of wheels in Mexico.”