May 24, 2022


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Philippine gross sales fall 12% in February | Automotive Industry Information

New auto sales in the Philippines declined by 12% to 26,230 units in February 2021 units from 29,790 units in the very same thirty day period previous yr, according to member wholesale information introduced jointly by the Chamber of Automotive Companies of the Philippines Inc (CAMPI) and the Truck Manufacturers Affiliation (TMA).

The Philippines was 1 of the economies in Asia worst hit by the COVID-19 pandemic final 12 months, with GDP shrinking by 9.5% as a result of prolonged lockdowns across the nation which held back private use and investment, while exports plunged thanks to weak abroad demand from customers. Car income plunged by 39.5% to 223,793 models in 2020 from 369,941 models in 2019, centered on knowledge supplied by the two associations.

In the to start with two months of 2021, auto sales fell by 7.3% to 49,610 units from 53,513 units a yr previously, with passenger car income declining by 3.8% to 15,194 models although commercial automobile revenue were being down by 11.5% at 34,416 units.

CAMPI president Rommel Gutierrez claimed, while the car or truck sector has begun to stabilise this yr, he was wary that the imposition of short-term duties on imported autos could gradual the market’s recovery. 

At the commencing of February, the government imposed ‘safeguard duties’ of up to PHP110,000 (US$2,260) on imported passenger and light-weight commercial vehicles for a period of around 6 months to assistance safeguard the community automotive market. Gutierrez pointed out even the greatest domestic auto producers rely generally on imports for their local income.

The share of imports has amplified steadily more than the previous 15 decades adhering to the implementation of the ASEAN Cost-free Trade Agreement with shipments of assembled autos from Thailand and Indonesia rising specifically sharply.

Gross sales of imported automobiles, together with these imported by CAMPI associates, now account for around 70% of total motor vehicle sales in the place when compared with 40% in 2006 with models this kind of as Ford and Nissan getting switched completely to imports.