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Workers assemble cars at a Honda factory in Thailand.
Auto Industry Upheaval

Honda tries to restart exports to Vietnam

First test of country's tighter import controls watched by carmakers

HIROSHI KOTANI, Nikkei staff writer | Japan

BANGKOK -- Two months after Vietnam put in place a rule requiring stringent inspections of imported vehicles, some 2,000 Honda Motor passenger cars are slated to arrive at a port near Hanoi early next week, likely the first batch of foreign-made autos to undergo the new checks.

The development is drawing the attention of other automakers, which have suspended shipments to Vietnam and are watching closely to see if the new import procedures have any snags.

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