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April 8, 2020
 
Mexico Government Declares Auto-Repair and Auto Supply as Essential Businesses
The Auto Care Association is working to provide up-to-date information to our members on how COVID-19 impacts the auto care industry and why our supply chain should be considered "essential" and remain open for business during this pandemic, not only in the United States but in our neighboring countries. 

Today, April 8, 2020, the Secretary of Communications and Transportation of the United States of Mexico, issued a new agreement (Spanish / Unofficial English translation) clarifying the essential activities under the COVID-19 National Health Emergency previously published on March 31, 2020 (Spanish / Unofficial English translation provided by the National Association of Manufacturers).

The new agreement recognizes auto-repair and auto supply as essential businesses under Section B, Sub Section III (I):

The essential activities included in the Health Emergency Agreement are within the scope of the Secretary of Communications and Transportation, are the following: 
III. (i) Vehicle fleet maintenance services, supply of spare parts and related services.


We recommend employers to provide a letter to employees stating their essential status and refer to the April 8, 2020 agreement (mentioned above). The letter should include details on the essential business: the name of the employee, a phone number, name of the business, address of the business and a point of contact at the business for verification purposes.

The Auto Care Association has been working with our partner associations in Mexico, including the Association of Representatives, Importers and Distributors of Spare Parts and Accessories for automobiles (ARIDRA) and the National Industry of Auto Parts (INA), to exchange timely information and support their actions before the Mexican government. Additionally, we are working with Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA) and Motor and Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) on these efforts. We have also been in contact with the U.S. Department of Commerce and Embassy of Mexico to advocate on behalf of our industry.

We will keep monitoring new legislative developments in Mexico to determine what steps can be taken to protect the industry and the Auto Care membership.

Please reach out to Aaron Lowe with any examples of how your business has been impacted by Mexico’ essential services agreement.
 
 
Bill Hanvey
President and CEO
Auto Care Association

 

Auto Care Association
7101 Wisconsin Ave., Suite 1300
Bethesda, MD 20814-3415
Phone: 301-654-6664

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