Standards and Trade

This document provides an overview of SAE International — the largest international automotive and aerospace standards setting body — looking at its history, current global footprint and offerings, as well as its future. It then defines what exactly is a "standard" and describes the multi-stage standards development process.

The benefits of international standards are explained as well as the key function they play for aircraft, cars, construction and agricultural equipment, heavy trucks, buses, and specialty vehicles worldwide. The various global standards-developing bodies are presented and the role of government is discussed. Finally, the vital part that standards play in the global trade market is examined.

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