Busworld goes North America
In collaboration with the American Bus Association (ABA), Busworld Academy organized an information session yesterday on the fiercely exaggerated fears implied by "Buy America".
After a brief introduction by chairman Don De Vivo, CEO Peter Pantuso outlined the history of the ABA founded in 1926. With 900 affiliated companies (approximately 2,000 vehicles), the ABA represents 60% of the coach companies. They do organise a travel fair, but not a vehicle fair like Busworld. That is why ABA and Busworld are the ideal partners to organise a bus and coach show based on the European model in North America as well.
With only a handful of its own OEMs, there is still room for newcomers in the United States, especially when it comes to suppliers.
A detailed explanation of the 'Buy America' regulations quickly made it clear that the fear of not being allowed to import into the US is unjustified. This import restriction only applies to city buses that are financed ( partially or entirely ) with federal public money, while regional or urban concessions are not affected. School buses and coaches are not subject to this restriction. There is also an exemption for parts or systems that are not available in the US or that are lacking in quality and for orders below US$ 150,000. Software is also not subject to this restriction.
Together, ABA and Busworld organize the first Busworld North America in 2021 in Baltimore, Maryland.