Although export sales, at 10 819 units, registered a big fall of 19 333 units or a decline of 64,1% compared to the 30 152 vehicles exported in May last year, this was an improvement on April 2020 considering that many of the vehicle manufacturers will only commence production in June 2020.

The performance of vehicle exports over the course of 2020 remains linked to the duration of the Covid-19 pandemic and its impact on the global economy. With all the OEMs gearing up for full production from 1 June 2020 onwards and with the domestic automotive industry’s major export destinations starting to ease their lockdown restrictions, vehicle export numbers are anticipated to start gaining momentum again.

The sector continues to take the health and safety of all its employees, suppliers, contractors, and partners very seriously and the systems we have put in place are not only robust but effective in assisting us to manage the risk of infection across the entire manufacturing environment.

Download the full NAAMSA media release below as well as the May 2020 Industry New Vehicle Sales.