Economic Policy and Infrastructure

Foreign Trade

Access to foreign markets is essential for companies in the automotive industry. Apart from the US market, growth mostly took place in the markets outside the triad countries in Eastern Europe, Asia, Latin America and other threshold countries with rising levels of motorization.

Negotiations with the United Kingdom

In the view of the German automotive industry, everything must be done to maintain the free movement of goods, of services, the freedom of capital and the freedom of movement for workers between the UK and the EU member states in the future. The negotiations of an agreement should achieve an outcome that ensures the continued competitiveness and prosperity of both the EU and UK.

While being better than no deal at all, any Free Trade Agreement will not be sufficient to guarantee frictionless trade.

The Free Trade Agreement should:

  • encompass all sectors of the economy,
  • should have no tariffs and quantitative barriers (no exceptions),
  • contain simple rules of origin (incl. cumulation),
  • feature clear and restrictive rules on subsidies,
  • foster regulatory cooperation between the EU27 and the UK to prevent new non-tariff barriers,
  • cover services and investment as well as trade-plus issues such as competition, government procurement, and protection of intellectual property rights, and
  • create a structure for monitoring and dispute settlement.

The continued lack of clarity about the future EU-UK relationship creates significant uncertainty for the automotive sector which leads to a very negative impact on both sides.

VDA has published different papers concerning the future relationship with the United Kingdom:

-  VDA on the Future Relation with the United Kingdom:


- VDA-proposal for a simplified customs clearance model between the European Union and the United Kingdom under Self-assessment (

-  VDA Position on Rules of Origin for the prospective FTA between the EU and the UK: (


- VDA position on RoO for battery cells:(’s-free-trade-agreements.html)

Angela Mans
Angela Mans Leiterin Fachbereich Außenwirtschaft, Handel und Zölle

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