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Auto Care President and CEO Bill Hanvey speaks during a press conference in Las Vegas at AAPEX 2018. Hanvey testified on Nov. 15 about the impact of tariffs and the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) on the automotive aftermarket. Photo by Mark Phillips/Aftermarket Intel

The Auto Care Association has released a statement from Auto Care Association President and CEO Bill Hanvey about President Trump’s possible decision to close the U.S.-Mexico border as early as next week. Some Republicans and business leaders have expressed their desire to keep the border open, according to the WSJ.

“The majority of auto parts imported into the United States come from Mexico, with over $55 billion imported in 2017.”

Auto Care Association President and CEO Bill Hanvey

The Auto Care Association just released this statement from Hanvey:

“The Auto Care Association urges the Trump Administration to keep the border between the United States and Mexico open for business,” said Bill Hanvey, president and CEO of the Auto Care Association.

“The majority of auto parts imported into the United States come from Mexico, with over $55 billion imported in 2017. And, with over $30 billion of auto parts shipped annually to Mexico, thousands of American manufacturing jobs, which the president has made a prime focus, are in jeopardy from this potential action. Mexico manufactures a whole range of auto parts including engines, electronic systems, steering and suspension systems, transmissions and interior components. Even a temporary halt to this critical flow of trade between countries will have an impact on both the domestic auto care industry, which employs 4.6 million people nationwide, and on the safe operation of the 280.6 million cars and trucks on the road today.

The Auto Care Association urges the president to do what is best for American vehicle owners, and the more than 536,000 domestic businesses that comprise the auto care industry and to keep the border open.”

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