This barrier is unrelated to the end of the transition period, following the United Kingdom's departure from the EU.

Public ID: PID-GWL659

Adapting vehicles to US safety standards costly for UK exporters

in United States

Trade barrier summary

This affects UK vehicle exporters to the United States. In the US, car makers self-certify that they’re meeting vehicle standards. In the EU, vehicles must obtain a type approval from government before they can be released. The difference in safety and design standards means vehicles must be redesigned to comply with different rules when they exported. This increases the cost to the manufacturer.

The US government doesn’t specifically approve motor vehicles or parts as complying with its standards. The law makes manufacturers responsible for testing vehicles and liable for recalls and penalties if they're found not to meet standards.

Sectors affected

  • Automotive



Date reported

9 August 2019

Last updated

18 December 2020

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