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Thai automakers applaud landmark ASEAN accord to ease test rules

Recertification by importers to be axed, reducing risk of non-tariff barriers

Toyota vehicles on a ship at Thailand's Laem Chabang Port. The automaker expects the new ASEAN accord to support the country's exports. (Photo by Nozomu Ogawa)

BANGKOK -- Thailand's automobile industry has welcomed a landmark accord by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations that skirts testing regulations imposed by some importing nations, a move seen to benefit the largest automaking country in the region.

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