- capital report: may 23, 2019
capital report: may 23, 2019
2019 Auto Care
Legislative Summit Announced
For the first time, the Auto Care Legislative Summit, a biennial educational and advocacy event in Washington, D.C., will take place Sept. 18-19, 2019 in conjunction with 2019 Auto Care Association Fall Leadership Days. Leadership Days is a three-day event for the association’s top volunteers and engaged members to discuss industry issues and drive association initiatives.
With over 400 attendees expected to attend Fall Leadership Days, the Auto Care Association will play host to the largest-ever contingency of auto care industry advocates who wish to make their voices heard on Capitol Hill.
During the summit, Auto Care Association members from across the country will meet with their members of Congress to educate them on the independent aftermarket and its most critical policy priorities. Attendees are prepped with issue talking points, economic data and training on how to be an effective advocate.
The event takes place over two days, with an issue briefing and reception on Wednesday, Sept. 18, followed by a full day of congressional meetings on Thursday, Sept. 19
Read the full announcement: https://www.autocare.org/blogs/press-releases/auto-care-members-invited-to-attend-2019-auto-care-legislative-summit-this-fall/
Help Our Industry
Raise its Voice: Become an Auto Care Ambassador
The Auto Care Association
has launched a major new advocacy initiative in 2019 with an eye toward
developing strong relationships between our members and policymakers: the Auto Care
needs Auto Care Ambassadors to demonstrate
to policymakers at the state and federal level that we have constituents in
their districts that are politically active and ready to show their
support. This effort builds upon
established government affairs initiatives including direct lobbying, the Auto
Care Political Action Committee (ACPAC), Hometown Summits and the biennial
Legislative Summit in Washington, D.C
Auto Care members who
perform five advocacy activities each calendar year, such as meeting with
Congressional staff members or writing a letter to their legislator, will be
eligible to become Auto Care Ambassadors. We will recognize our first class of
Auto Care Ambassadors this year at the 2019
A RAP Index Survey sent out
in March of 2019 to all members showed that 93% of you are either willing and
already performing advocacy on behalf of your business, or are willing but
unsure of exactly how to do so. You can become an Ambassador even if you’ve
never had any advocacy experience. We are here to help show you how! Telling
your own story in your own words to policy makers matters in our modern
political environment now more than ever.
Questions? To learn more, please
contact Matt Robbins, director, government relations, at email@example.com
or click the link below to visit our new advocacy “Grassroots 101”
Read more: https://www.autocare.org/government-affairs/grassroots-101/?utm_source=email&utm_medium=memberalert
ACPAC had a successful time
at Spring Leadership Days not only raising over $35,000 on-site, but also with
thank-you events for its members that provided networking opportunities and,
more importantly, specialty coffee. ACPAC wants to recognize the investment you
make in the industry every year with thoughtful thank-you perks like specialty
coffee carts and exclusive receptions. Our fundraising goal this year is to
raise $350,000 and we know we can only get there with your help. Another
important goal for ACPAC in 2019 is to recognize the personal funds donated by
its members that make our PAC successful in promoting the industry.
With $169,241 raised in 2019, we are off to a great start—but we have a long
way to go and need the funds to carry our message on tariffs in this vital
legislative year. Political fundraisers cost between $1,000 - $2,500 per event
to attend, so every dollar counts! There are nearly 100 new members of Congress
and they need to be educated on our issues and how what affects the aftermarket
will also affect the economy of their districts and states. ACPAC promoted
these efforts at Spring Leadership Days with multiple events, informative
sessions on involving yourself in your district, and a new advocacy video to
help us help you be a part of the process in our American political
Please consider getting involved in our advocacy efforts—this year it is vital
to not sit on the sidelines as the decisions are made by your legislators in
Washington. They need to hear from members of Auto Care and ACPAC is a way to
speak loudly with one voice and be heard.
Questions? Contact Hailey Ray,
director, political affairs, at firstname.lastname@example.org
to learn more about getting involved.
Trump Delays 232 Auto
Tariff Decision for 180 Days Pending Trade Negotiations
On May 17, President Trump issued a
proclamation declaring that automobiles and “certain” automobile
parts are being imported into the United States in such quantities and under
such circumstances as to threaten to impair the national security of the United
States under 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962.
The president has directed the United States Trade Representative (USTR) to
pursue trade negotiations with the European Union, Japan and any other country
the USTR deems appropriate, to address this impairment. The USTR shall update
the president on the outcome of the negotiations within 180 days. If agreements
are not reached at the conclusion of the 180 days, the president may take other
action as deemed necessary, to include imposing tariffs on imported automobiles
and automobile parts. No details have been released at this time to clarify
which auto parts specifically are implicated by this declaration.
Read the full statement: https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/adjusting-imports-automobiles-automobile-parts-united-states/
USTR Releases New Fourth Tariff List on
Imports from China
On May 13, the Office of the U.S. Trade
Representative (USTR) released a proposed fourth Section 301 tariff list of approximately $300 billion worth of
imports from China that may be subject to additional tariffs.
The notice includes 3,805 product categories
that could be subject to an additional tariff of up to 25% ad valorem. This list covers essentially all imports
from China that are not currently covered on a previous Section 301 list.
USTR is conducting a full review of the proposed
action through a comment and hearing process. After completion of the full
review, USTR will issue a final notice on the products subject to the tariffs.
Key dates and deadlines:
- June 10,
2019 - Due date for filing requests
to appear and summary of expected testimony at public hearing
- June 17,
2019 - Due date for submission of
- June 17,
2019 at 9:30 a.m. - Public
hearing at the U.S. International Trade Commission in Washington, D.C.
The timing of
the comment period would allow President Trump to impose tariffs around the
time he attends the G20 leaders' summit with Chinese President Xi.
The proposed action is the fourth round of tariffs released by USTR in response
to Section 301 investigation findings on China’s unfair trade practices related
to forced technology transfer.
Seeking Member Input
The Auto Care Association is seeking input on
how our members would be impacted by the proposed fourth tariff list.
Chiang if you would like to
include information in our submission to USTR regarding any of the products
listed in the proposed tariff list.
25% Tariff Hike on Third Tariff List of
Imports from China
As a follow up to the U.S. Trade
Representative's (USTR) notice earlier this month raising tariffs on the third
Section 301 tariff list
from 10% to 25%, USTR issued another notice clarifying timing of the additional tariff.
According to the notice, products from China
that were exported to the U.S. before May 10, 2019 and enter U.S. Customs for
consumption before June 1, 2019 will be covered under 10% tariff. Any products
that enter into the U.S. on or after June 1, 2019 are subject to the 25%
Learn more: https://www.autocare.org/emails/communications/memberalert05142019.html
United States, Canada and Mexico Announce
Deal to Lift Section 232 Steel and Aluminum Retaliatory Tariffs
Today, the United States announced an agreement with Canada
and Mexico to remove the Section 232 tariffs for steel and aluminum imports
from those countries and for the removal of all retaliatory tariffs imposed on
American goods by those countries.
The agreement provides for aggressive monitoring and a
mechanism to prevent surges in imports of steel and aluminum. If surges in
imports of specific steel and aluminum products occur, the United States may
re-impose Section 232 tariffs on those products. Any retaliation by Canada and
Mexico would then be limited to steel and aluminum products.
This agreement is great news for American farmers that have
been subject to retaliatory tariffs from Canada and Mexico. At the same time, the Agreement will continue to
protect America’s steel and aluminum industries.
Read more from Bloomberg
Click the link below to read the full statement from
Read the full statement: https://ustr.gov/about-us/policy-offices/press-office/press-releases/2019/may/united-states-announces-deal-canada-and