The independent auto care industry relies on global trade. Our repair shops and part stores sell both original equipment manufacturer (OEM) auto parts as well as aftermarket auto parts. In 2020, the United States exported $66.69 billion and imported $131.5 billion worth of automotive parts.
Unfortunately, supply chain disruptions are negatively impacting our domestic aftermarket part manufacturers’ ability to export parts, and our industry’s ability to efficiently import auto parts which is resulting in part shortages and order delays.
The Auto Care Association supports the bipartisan legislation ” Ocean Shipping Reform Act of 2021″ (H.R. 4996) which was overwhelmingly passed by the U.S. House of Representatives by a vote of 364-60 and we are now urging the Senate to pass this bill as soon as possible.
As passed by the House, the “Ocean Shipping Reform Act of 2021” would: