capital report: oct 8, 2019

Auto Care Association Hosts Successful Legislative Summit in Washington,D.C.

On Sept. 18-19, 300 industry leaders attended the 2019 Auto Care Legislative Summit, which included a legislative briefing, rooftop reception and 228 meetings with members of Congress on Capitol Hill. The industry’s positions on two key issues—vehicle data and trade—were communicated to elected officials in an effort to build awareness and support for our industry.

Thank you to everyone who participated and helped make this event an enormous success.

If you are looking to get more involved in advocacy, please visit

Questions? Contact David Pinkham.

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The Manufacturers’ Representatives Council, a community of the Auto Care Association, hosted a special on-demand teleforum that featured summit participants discussing their experience and the importance of year-round advocacy. You can access and listen to this teleforum at your convenience by registering below. Once you submit your information, click “Join Webinar in Progress” to listen in. You will also receive a link via email to listen to the teleforum at a later date.

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House Passes Portable Fuel Container Safety Act

On Sept. 17, 2019, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Portable Fuel Container Safety Act of 2019 ( H.R. 806). This bill, sponsored by Rep. Mike Thompson, D-Calif. and Rep. Dave Joyce, R-Ohio, requires the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to issue a rule or standard requiring portable fuel containers with a capacity of fewer than five gallons be equipped with flame mitigation devices that impede the spread of fire into the container.

This legislation also requires the CPSC to undertake a campaign to educate consumers about the dangers associated with using or storing portable fuel containers for flammable liquids near an open flame or any other source of ignition.

On Sept. 18, 2019, the bill was introduced in the Senate, which has a companion bill ( S. 1640) introduced by Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn.

For more information on the legislative process and the steps that this legislation must take before it becomes law, visit

Questions? Contact Brielle Hopkins.


Latest Updates on Section 301 Tariffs on Imports from China

On Sept. 20 and Oct. 2, the U.S. Trade Representative issued tariff exclusions on imports from China that were included on Lists 1, 2 and 3. Note that exclusions are available for imports that meet the HTS code and product description, regardless of whether the importer filed for an exclusion request.

If eligible, please consult with your customs broker regarding next steps on applying for a correction or refund.

Reminder: The tariff rate for imports on Lists 1, 2 and 3 increases to 30% on Oct. 15, 2019.

Visit the Section 301 resource page:

ACPAC Update: Special Donor Benefits at AWDA and AAPEX 2019

ACPAC is gearing up for the upcoming AWDA and AAPEX events in Las Vegas. During AWDA, ACPAC will host a hospitality suite near the meeting rooms in the Venetian on Sunday, Nov. 3, exclusively for ACPAC donors to relax, recharge or grab a snack between meetings. Then, from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m., prior to the AWDA Awards Ceremony that evening, ACPAC will host a happy hour in the same suite that will feature margaritas and tacos for its members.

But that’s not all! ACPAC will also host its first-ever ACPAC Lounge in the Sands Expo during AAPEX that will have boxed lunches available to ACPAC members on a first-come, first-served basis from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday, Nov. 4 through Thursday, Nov. 7. The lounge will also have charging stations and a selection of refreshments – another way that ACPAC is thanking its donors for the personal dollars they invest in their industry. The only way that Auto Care can support the campaigns of members of Congress is with these individual donations that are raised every calendar year and support our industry’s policy initiatives on Capitol Hill.

Lastly, for our President’s Club donors, ACPAC will be hosting an exclusive meet-and-greet with President George W. Bush in conjunction with his keynote address on Tuesday, Nov. 5. These donors will not only be able to attend a private reception following the breakfast, but also have a photo opportunity with the former president. Only a few spots remain so please contact Hailey Ray , director, political affairs, at to secure your spot.

It is not too late to support your industry and get involved with ACPAC in 2019!

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Seeking Member Input: Proposed Demurrage and Detention Rule

The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) is seeking public comments on a proposed interpretive rule that provides guidance on how it will assess unreasonable ocean demurrage and detention practices and how well these practices promote the movement of freight.

The proposed rule is the result of an FMC investigation in response to an industry petition filed by the Coalition for Fair Port Practices, a group of trade associations including the Auto Care Association.

Comments are due by Oct. 31, 2019.

Questions? Contact Angela Chiang.

Instructions on filing comments:


Auto Care Caucus Nets Three New Members

The Auto Care Caucus, a bi-partisan group of U.S. Representatives who support the independent maintenance and repair market, added three new members in the past two weeks thanks to the advocacy efforts of Auto Care members during the Auto Care Legislative Summit in Washington, D.C. Rep. Roger Marshall, R-Kan., Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer, R-Mo. and Rep. Matt Cartwright, D-Pa., quickly followed up with the caucus co-chairs to sign on after being invited to join by their constituents.

Auto Care’s government affairs team is following up with every member of Congress and their staff who indicated during their summit meetings that they were interested in joining the caucus.

If you were part of one of those meetings and would like to work with us on follow-up efforts, please contact Paul Fiore.


New Industry Economic Data Available on

The Auto Care Association just unveiled its new economic impact data with corresponding one-pagers available by state, congressional district, state district and county. The one-pagers include economic impact and wages, as well as the number of jobs and facilities for every above-mentioned jurisdiction in the U.S.

The data can be accessed anytime using the map and dropdown menus at

View the economic data:


State Update

Below are a few updates on state initiatives being closely monitored by the Auto Care Association. For more information, contact Tom Tucker, director, state affairs, at

Prop 65 Fact Sheet

California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) has issued a new Proposition 65 fact sheet on motor vehicle parts. The fact sheet addresses how individuals can reduce their exposure to Prop 65-listed chemicals when they are installing or removing motor vehicle parts. Chemicals found in some common motor vehicle parts are lead, phthalates and asbestos. For more information or to access the fact sheet, click here.

CA Assembly Bill 142: Lead-Acid Battery Bill

This bill amends the Lead-Acid Battery Recycling Act of 2016 to delete the sunset on the $1 Manufacturer Battery Fee, and increase the fee to $2 effective April 1, 2022. The bill allows an out-of-state lead-acid battery manufacturer, not subject to the Manufacturer Battery Fee, to pay the fee on behalf of an importer and claim the associated credits to offset potentially hazardous waste liability. This bill passed both the Assembly and the Senate and is awaiting the governor’s signature. The governor has until Oct. 13 to decide whether to sign or veto the bill.

Michigan Automotive Aftermarket Lobby Day

The Michigan Automotive Parts Association (MAPA), Northwood University, LKQ Corporation, Intertek Corporation and the Auto Care Association hosted a lobby day at Michigan’s state capital in Lansing, Mich., on Sept. 17, 2019. Fifty students, MAPA board members and other local industry leaders met with more than 25 members of the state legislature to educate them on issues impacting the aftermarket. Specific policy topics included fiscal issues and the possibility of a government shutdown over transportation funding. Legislators were enthusiastic to visit with their constituents and receive information on the economic significance of the auto care industry in their district.


Get the Latest Coverage of the 2020 Elections

Thanks to support from the Auto Care Political Action Committee (ACPAC), we are pleased to bring Capital Report readers the latest Inside Elections with Nathan Gonzalez, a bi-monthly nonpartisan analysis of U.S. elections.

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