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Benz comes out fighting against parallel imports

Foreign affairs: Under proposed changes to laws, cars up to 12 months old could be imported to Australia from countries such as the United Kingdom.

ACCC’s stance on private import businesses ‘nonsense’ says Mercedes-Benz

General News logo2 May 2016

By TIM NICHOLSON

- PROPOSED regulatory changes allowing parallel new-car imports in Australia would have a detrimental effect on customer safety, brand reputation and dealer businesses, according to Mercedes-Benz Australia/Pacific chief executive Horst von Sanden.

- Late last month, Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) commissioner Roger Featherston weighed in on the controversial proposal, suggesting consumers looking to privately import a car under the proposed laws might be better protected if they did so through a private importing business.

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