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Auto exports to Vietnam restart after 6-month stoppage

Cars made in Thailand and Indonesia clear Hanoi's tough import controls

Pickup trucks at Toyota's Thai plant get ready to resume exports to Vietnam. New rules require quality certifications from the country they are built and inspection on each shipment lot.

BANGKOK/HANOI -- Automakers are resuming exports to Vietnam from production bases in Southeast Asia after clearing strict new rules that attest to the growing importance of the auto industry in the region.

The pressure from Hanoi comes as trade barriers within the region come down and countries vie to become the next hub for vehicle production.

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