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Auto Care Association Opposes Trump Administration’s Proposal to Increase Chinese Import Tariffs

Posted by Auto Care News on May 06, 2019

The following statement can be attributed to Bill Hanvey, president and CEO, Auto Care Association:


“The Auto Care Association urges President Trump not to follow through on his threat to increase tariffs on $200 billion in imported goods from China as soon as this week. The proposed sudden increase from 10% to 25% would have an immediate negative impact on not only the U.S. businesses that manufacture and distribute these parts, but the motoring public who will see higher prices on a wide range of products, including important safety-related components. In 2018, China was the second largest source of auto parts imported into the U.S., second only to Mexico and totaling over $20.1 billion worth of product. Furthermore, the president’s suggestion that a 25% tariff could be levied on an additional $325 billion in imports from China, without knowing which goods would be impacted, creates even more uncertainty for the business community.

Auto Care Association Releases Statement on Temporary Trade Deal between United States, China

Posted by Auto Care News on December 03, 2018

BETHESDA, Md. – December 3, 2018 – The following statement can be attributed to Bill Hanvey, President and CEO of the Auto Care Association:


We are pleased that President Trump and President Xi were able to reach a temporary trade deal during the G20 summit in Buenos Aires to not raise tariffs on $200 billion worth of imports from China. Tariffs inhibit the growth of our industry and make it more expensive for consumers to maintain and repair their vehicles...

Auto Care Association President and CEO Bill Hanvey Testifies on USMCA Investigation

Posted by Auto Care News on November 15, 2018
BETHESDA, Md. – Nov. 15, 2018 – Auto Care Association President and CEO Bill Hanvey testified earlier today before the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) in Washington, D.C. on the likely economic impact of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). The USITC instituted the investigation last month in response to a request from U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer following the release of the USMCA text.

Auto Care Association Successfully Petitions U.S. Copyright Office to Exempt Repairers from DMCA Software Anti-Circumvention Prohibition

Posted by Auto Care News on October 26, 2018
BETHESDA, Md. – October 26, 2018 – Based on a petition jointly filed by the Auto Care Association and the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), the U.S. Copyright Office on Oct. 26 eliminated a limitation that only permitted car owners to circumvent vehicle software under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). The final rule issued under the current DMCA’s seventh triennial rulemaking proceeding effectively permits third-party repairers to also access software on personal, commercial and agricultural vehicles that are legitimately owned.
Keywords: government affairs

Auto Care Association Announces Hailey Ray as Director, Political Affairs

Posted by Auto Care News on October 25, 2018
BETHESDA, Md. – October 25, 2018 – The Auto Care Association today announced the addition of Hailey Ray as director, political affairs. Ray joins the Auto Care Association’s government affairs department, where she will lead the association’s political action committee, “ACPAC.” ACPAC is the only bipartisan fund that seeks to elect and re-elect officials who work to advance, promote and preserve a vibrant auto care industry.
Keywords: government affairs

Auto Care Association Releases Statement on Senate Finance Committee’s Hearing on Impact of Tariffs on the U.S. Automotive Industry

Posted by Auto Care News on September 26, 2018

The following statement can be attributed to Bill Hanvey, President and CEO of the Auto Care Association:

“The Auto Care Association applauds the Senate Finance Committee for conducting a hearing today on the significantly negative impact that tariffs on imported auto parts and automobiles will have on American companies and American families. Our members, who represent the automotive aftermarket industry, stand united with auto manufacturers and auto dealers nationwide in our opposition to these tariffs...

Auto Care Association Calls on USTR to Adopt Product Exclusion Process for New China Tariffs

Posted by Auto Care News on September 25, 2018
BETHESDA, Md. – September 25, 2018 – In a letter to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) yesterday, the Auto Care Association urged USTR to adopt a process for our members and stakeholders to request products to be excluded from the latest round of Section 301 tariffs.