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By Rick Mullen,
Busline Magazine Associate Editor

The following import/export categories include motor buses, coaches, trolley buses and gyrobuses.

The U.S. Department of Commerce, Economics and Statistics Administration, U.S. Census Bureau trade figures for May 2022 indicated vehicle imports were up in five categories outlined, compared to May 2021. For the first five months of 2022, vehicles imports were up in six categories, compared to the first five months of 2021.

IMPORTS

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The United States imported 127 vehicles in May 2022, up 31 percent from 97 vehicles for May 2021. For the first five months of 2022, the United States imported 460 vehicles, down 14 percent from 533 vehicles for the first five months of 2021.

Canada sent 328 vehicles to the United States during the first five months of 2022.

The average price per vehicle for May 2022 was $329,635, up 14 percent from $288,458 for May 2021. The average price per vehicle for the first five months of 2022 was $325,527, up 5 percent from $309,602 for the first five months of 2021.

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The United States received five vehicles in May 2022, up 150 percent from two vehicles during May 2021. For the first five months of 2022, the United States imported 12 vehicles, up 20 percent from 10 vehicles for the first five months of 2021.

The United States imported nine vehicles from Canada, during the first five months of 2022.

The average price per vehicle for May 2022 was $240,158, up 123 percent from $107,698 for May 2021. The average price per vehicle for the first five months of 2022 was $249,747, up 37 percent from $182,863 for the first five months of 2021.

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The United States imported 17 vehicles during May 2022, up 70 percent from 10 vehicles for May 2021. During the first five months of 2022, 119 vehicles were imported, compared to 16 vehicles for the first five months of 2021.

Canada sent 118 vehicles during the first five months of 2022.

The average price per vehicle for May 2022 was $307,774, down 18 percent from $376,858 for May 2021. The average price for the first five months of 2022 was $282,539, down 28 percent from $392,766 for the first five months of 2021.

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The United States imported 20 vehicles in May 2022, compared to no vehicles during May 2021. During the first five months of 2022, the United States imported 27 vehicles, compared to no vehicles for the first five months of 2021.

Canada sent 26 vehicles for the first five months of 2022.

The average price per vehicle for May 2022 was $152,720. The average price per vehicle for the first five months of 2022 was $149,968.

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The United States imported no vehicles in this category during the first five months of 2021. One vehicle was received from the United Kingdom during the first five months of 2022, at a price of $44,601.

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The United States imported four vehicles during May 2022, compared to 37 vehicles for May 2021. During the first five months of 2022, 152 vehicles were received, up 69 percent from 90 vehicles for the first five months of 2021.

China shipped 111 vehicles during the first five months of 2022.

The average price per vehicle for May 2022 was $179,022, up 21 percent from $148,090 for May 2021. The average price for the first five months of 2022 was $85,454, down 54 percent from $184,962 for the first five months of 2021.

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The United States imported 18 vehicles during May 2022, up 50 percent from 12 vehicles for May 2021. During the first five months of 2022, 59 vehicles were imported, up 59 percent from 37 vehicles for the first five months of 2021.

China sent all of the vehicles during the first five months of 2022.

The average price per vehicle for May 2022 was $8,313, up 8 percent from $7,715 for May 2021. The average price for the first five months of 2022 was $8,172, down 10 percent from $9,113 for the first five months of 2021.

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The United States imported 76 vehicles during May 2022, down 40 percent from 127 vehicles for May 2021. During the first five months of 2022, 287 vehicles were received, down 47 percent from 543 vehicles for the first five months of 2021.

Canada sent all of the vehicles to the United States during the first five months of 2022.

The average price per vehicle for May 2022 was $82,987, down 8 percent from $90,165 for May 2021. The average price per vehicle for the first five months of 2022 was $81,739, down 36 percent from $128,635 for the first five months of 2021.

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The United States imported 65 vehicles during May 2022, down 14 percent from 76 vehicles for May 2021. During the first five months of 2022, 214 vehicles were received, down 36 percent from 333 vehicles for the first five months of 2021.

Canada sent 206 vehicles to the United States during the first five months of 2022.

The average price per vehicle for May 2022 was $39,548, down 1 percent from $40,098 for May 2021. The average price per vehicle for the first five months of 2022 was $40,106, up 6 percent from $37,986 for the first five months of 2021.

EXPORTS

Export totals for May 2022 were up in three categories, compared to May 2021. Three categories also reported increases for the first five months of 2022, compared to the first five months of 2021.

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The United States exported 577 vehicles during May 2022, up 51 percent from 381 vehicles for May 2021. During the first five months of 2022, 2,667 vehicles were sent, up 30 percent from 2,048 vehicles for the first five months of 2021.

Mexico received 1,511 vehicles during the first five months of 2022, while Canada imported 714 vehicles.

The average price per vehicle for May 2022 was $15,476, down 60 percent from $39,135 for May 2021. The average price per vehicle for the first five months of 2022 was $28,964, down 35 percent from $44,833 for the first five months of 2021.

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The United States shipped 55 vehicles in May 2022, down 32 percent from 81 vehicles for May 2021. During the first five months of 2022, 215 vehicles were exported, down 45 percent from 388 vehicles for the first five months of 2021.

Canada received 177 vehicles during the first five months of 2022.

The average price per vehicle for May 2022 was $26,617, down 55 percent from $58,734 for May 2021. The average price for the first five months of 2022 was $55,520, up 81 percent from $30,697 for the first five months of 2021.

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The United States exported 146 vehicles in May 2022, compared to 39 for May 2021. During the first five months of 2022, 469 vehicles were sent, up 147 percent from 190 vehicles for the first five months of 2021.

The Dominican Republic received 377 vehicles during the first five months of 2022.

The average price per vehicle for May 2022 was $29,004, up 23 percent from $23,549 for May 2021. The average price for the first five months of 2022 was $25,074, up 6 percent from $23,571 for the first five months of 2021.

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The United States shipped 395 vehicles in May 2022, compared to 52 vehicles for May 2021. During the first five months of 2022, 563 vehicles were exported, up 56 percent from 362 vehicles for the first five months of 2021.

Canada received 547 vehicles during the first five months of 2022.

The average price per vehicle for May 2022 was $27,575, down 32 percent from $40,450 for May 2021. The average price per vehicle for the first five months of 2022 was $27,727, down 41 percent from $46,812 for the first five months of 2021.



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MCI Personnel Needs General Headline

Scotty Kesseler joins MCI as Regional Vice President Canadian Sales

Motor Coach Industries (“MCI”), North America's public and private market motor coach leader with fabrication, manufacturing, and service centers in the United States and Canada, and a subsidiary of NFI Group Inc. (“NFI”), an independent bus and coach manufacturer, and producer of electric mass mobility solutions, has announced that Scotty Kesseler joined the MCI Sales Team as the regional vice president for Canadian new and pre-owned coach sales.

“Based in Montreal, Canada, Scotty brings 15 years of sales experience to the MCI team, and will be responsible for new and pre-owned coach sales to private operators in Canada. His career also spans 14 years of experience as a professional auctioneer, which coupled with his hard work and dedication, earned him two Champions Club awards at his previous position for top-performing sales in Canada, both in 2018 and 2021,” according to a press release.

“Scotty brings a wealth of sales experience to MCI, and we are glad to welcome him to our team. Scotty’s record of professional accomplishments illustrates his unwavering commitment to building strong customer relationships and loyalty,” said Patricia Ziska, vice president, Private Market Sales, MCI. “Leveraging his expertise in sales, auctioning, customer relationship building, and business training, Scotty will lead our Canadian sales, helping our customers to expand their fleets with MCI’s industry-leading products.”

“Fluent in English and French, he brings a customer-focused approach to transportation sales. After graduating from The Missouri Auction school, where he gained a high-energy selling style, and understanding of new and pre-owned vehicle sales, Scotty started his career as a professional auctioneer before transitioning to a sales position with his prior employer, Leeds Transit Inc. During his career, Scotty established professional relationships with customers who purchased both motor coaches and school buses, making a smooth transition into his new role at MCI.”

Josephine Arrington promoted to Service Center GM for MCI’s Northeast Region

MCI has promoted Josephine “Josie” Arrington to service center general manager in MCI's Blackwood, NJ, facility. The promotion makes Arrington the first woman service center general manager across NFI’s service center network. Arrington succeeds Tom Cole, who recently accepted a regional parts manager position.

“Arrington began her 15-year career with MCI in 2007, as a mechanic at the Blackwood facility, while completing courses at Penco Tech, a trade school in the region. She quickly excelled though service advisory roles before being promoted to Senior Service Provider, earned through hard work, high performance, and dedication. In her new position, Arrington will provide leadership to 20-plus technicians, service advisors, and s parts team serving customers in the Northeast region,”according to MCI.

“We are pleased to congratulate Josie on this deserved promotion. Through extensive service experience and superb customer-focused skills, Josie has been instrumental in serving MCI customers,” said Patricia Ziska, vice president of private sector sales, MCI. “Leveraging this experience, she will lead the operations of MCI's Blackwood Service Center, and continue to provide our customers with exceptional service in the Northeast region.”

Before joining MCI, Arrington was a certified nursing assistant, and served three years in the U.S. Army, where she intended to pursue nursing, and train as a medical assistant. When the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) test proved her capabilities as a mechanic, Arrington became an electrical systems specialist working on trucks at the army base in Fort Leonard Wood, MO.

“I wasn’t surprised by the test results,” said Arrington. “One of my grandfathers owned an automotive shop, and my mother’s father had a roofing business. I spent a good deal of time with him.” Arrington says customer service remains her highest priority. “Tom made sure I learned every part of the business, and prepared me for this position. One of the great things about MCI and New Flyer is our ability to network to get things done. Even when positions change, people stay, and the channels of communication are always there,” said Arrington. “We always try to get everyone in the shop to help our customers, no matter the status of our workload. Turnaround time on a coach isn’t like that on cars. Coaches are our customers’ livelihood, and our repairs have to be accurate and expeditious.”

Contact Arrington at Josephine.Arrington@mcicoach.com.

For more information on MCI service centers, visit mcicoach.com/service-centers.


ABC Companies “Zero Emissions Tour” Partners With MTRWestern and Proterra To MakeThe Future Of Sustainable Travel Available Now

ABC Companies, together with partners MTRWestern and Proterra, are recognizing another significant step towards zero emissions travel. As part of the ABC Companies “Zero Emissions Tour,” MTRWestern put into operation a 75-passenger Proterra-powered battery electric Van Hool TDX25E double-deck motorcoach. Piloting the use of this industry leading motorcoach, which can travel in excess of 260 miles between charges, MTRWestern is bringing zero emissions travel to many of its clients in the U.S. and Canada.

The program culminated with a celebration of select stakeholders, environmentally-focused businesses and government officials, highlighting “firsts” for MTRWestern and the ABC Companies Zero Emissions Tour including the first-ever zero emissions international revenue service route with cross-border service between Seattle, WA, and Vancouver, B.C., and zero emissions travel options for several charter and scheduled service routes carrying up to 75 passengers.

The partners co-sponsored a reception event where guests had the opportunity to network and learn more about the “tour” and how MTRWestern is utilizing the zero-emissions Van Hool TDX25E in scheduled fleet operations on both sides of the U.S./Canadian border. During the event, guests were invited to enjoy a first-hand experience aboard the TDX25E as part of a vehicle demonstration including a test drive. Earlier in the day, the bus traveled to the Seattle Center for photo ops showcasing iconic Seattle landmarks.

Thom Peebles, V.P. of marketing for ABC Co. said, “These vehicles are available and in market now, and not only operate with zero emissions, but also remove up to 75 vehicles from the roadways per trip while in operation.” www.abc-companies.com/abc-companies-zero-emissions-tour/.


Busworld Southeast Asia Set For October 5-7

The second edition of Busworld Southeast Asia, organised by Busworld and its Indonesian partner, GEM Indonesia, will be held for three days, from October 5-7 in the Jakarta International Expo in Indonesia.

“After a first successful show in 2019, the bus and coach industry is ready to meet in person again. Like other regions in the world, Southeast Asia’s bus & coach business was largely impacted by the pandemic. But now that the market is recovering and the time is perfect to relaunch the business at Busworld’s event,” according to a press release.

During two days, Busworld visitors can attend six different seminars. Each seminar is being hosted by an international or local partner, touching a different subject relevant to the Southeast Asian market. All sessions have simultaneous translation English-Bahasa. Topics are: An In-Depth Market Analysis, Post-Covid Health Protocols And Everything You Have To Know Regarding Zero Emission Buses And Its Operation. The seminars are free and take place in a room inside the exhibition hall.

For more information, visit busworldsoutheastasia.org.


Metro Community Relations (Los Angeles) Offers Riders Advice for the Beginning of the School Year

“Whether you and your child are new to Metro's transit system, or it's been a summer... we have some recommended next steps:
Register to get your GoPass at the website;
Download, install, and set up your Transit App;
Download, install, and set up the Transit Watch App;
Check out Metro's Shop (there's a Badge Holder).”

Tips for youth

• Know your route. Plan your route ahead of time and leave early so you’re not rushed. Have a backup route just in case there’s a delay with your first plan.;

• Travel with a friend whenever possible. When you stay together on board the bus or train, safety is in numbers.;

• Stay alert to what’s going on around you. Keep a look out for your stop. If you need to use your phone, look up from your screen often, and keep one earbud out so you can hear what’s going on around you, too. If you ever see someone acting in a way that makes you uncomfortable, move away. Sit closer to the bus/train operator or switch to another bus or train car;

• Hold on to your stuff. Keep your phone, devices and any valuables in your bag. Be sure you take everything with you as you exit; and,

• See something? Say something. Know how to get help if you ever don’t feel safe. If there’s someone or something causing you to not feel safe, let us know and someone will respond right away.

Metro also has a youth council. Metro Youth Council’s goal is to develop the capacity of young people to engage with and participate in Metro’s plans, projects, programs and initiatives.


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