July 24, 2019 – Bill Hanvey, president and CEO, Auto Care Association, and
members of the association’s executive team met with the Ambassador of Mexico
to the United States, Martha Bárcena Coqui, to discuss the United
States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), the auto care industry’s economic footprint
in Mexico and future opportunities for trade missions to Mexico for U.S.
During the meeting, Ambassador Bárcena expressed Mexico’s support
for the USMCA and discussed ways the association can promote the trade
agreement’s passage in Congress, as well as help its members with compliance,
should the agreement be approved.
Hanvey emphasized the auto care industry’s economic contributions
to Mexico and committed to working closely with the Mexican Embassy to also promote
Mexico’s contribution to the industry, which benefits from cost-effective
manufacturing, assembly and transport across borders, due to the North American
Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Currently, Mexico is the top importer of U.S.
automotive parts, reaching $49.8 billion in 2018 (Source: Auto Care Factbook 2020). Hanvey and Ambassador Bárcena
concluded their meeting with a shared commitment to involve Mexican companies
in more automotive aftermarket industry events, including business development
trade missions to Mexico.
“I greatly appreciate Ambassador Bárcena’s willingness to engage with
the Auto Care Association and our members to identify ways our industry and the
Mexican government can work together toward accomplishing common goals—from reducing
trade barriers to promoting industry events,” said Hanvey.
To learn more about the Auto Care
Association’s government affairs initiatives, visit autocare.org/government-affairs.