TIA set to clarify provisions of new Coronavirus Legislation

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The just-passed Families First Coronavirus Response Act of 2020 has generated numerous calls to the Tire Industry Association (TIA) from worried members concerned about how this legislation might impact them.

“This has led to confusion for TIA members as to how the Act applies to them and what the tax ramifications are,” said TIA CEO Roy Littlefield.

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Ontario: List of Essential Workplaces amid COVID-19 Outbreak

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Ontario publishes list of essential services effective Tuesday March 24 at 11:59PM for 14 days amid COVID-19 outbreak.

For the purposes of this order, businesses include any-for-profit, non-profit or other entity providing the goods and services described herein. This does not preclude the provision of work and services by entities not on this list either online, by telephone or by mail/delivery. Note that teleworking and online commerce are permitted at all times for all businesses.

Supply chains

1. Businesses that supply other essential businesses or essential services with the support, supplies, systems or services, including…

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Quebec: List of Essential Workplaces amid COVID-19 Outbreak

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The Gouvernement du Québec has ordered the closing as of Wednesday, March 25 at 00:01 until April 13, 2020 of all non-essential stores and services.

It should be noted that all businesses can always engage in teleworking and e-commerce.

All businesses that produce inputs or raw materials necessary for priority services and activities must maintain their activities accordingly, bearing in mind the directives from public health authorities. …

 

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Ustma, Tia urge government to designate vehicle care, maintenance as ‘essential service’

WASHINGTON—As the U.S. responds to the growing COVID-19 pandemic, the USTMA and TIA are among the organizations asking governmental leaders to designate motor vehicle maintenance, repair and service industry as an “essential service.”

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The impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) on the automotive industry

The outbreak of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), which originated in Wuhan, China in end-December 2019, is fast spreading its tentacles across the world and is having a major impact on all aspects of society, including the automotive industry. All through January and February, automakers and their suppliers have been scrambling to keep vehicle assembly lines humming but March has seen the industry take concerted action, in sync with government advisories, to keep its personnel safe.

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Mighty Earth pushes GPSNR to address shortcomings

WASHINGTON—The Global Platform for Sustainable Natural Rubber needs to address a series of shortcomings if it is to start delivering a truly sustainable value-chain for natural rubber, according to Mighty Earth.

The platform, which includes rubber producers, processors, tire makers, and automotive OEs and NGOs, will be a full year in existence in March, noted the environmental lobby group and GPSNR founding member. However, while there has been some good work and increased cooperation among stakeholders, “much more remains to be done,” according to a Jan. 16 statement from the Washington-based group.

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2019 Year in Review: USMCA passage highlights partisan year in D.C.

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WASHINGTON — Tariffs and trade were the big government-related news out of Washington in 2019, a year in which partisan gridlock combined with the pending impeachment trial of President Donald Trump to prevent much legislation from passing Congress.

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Automakers to pay $3 billion in new U.S. tariffs under USMCA: budget estimate

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump’s rewrite of North American trade rules will cost automakers nearly $3 billion more in tariffs over the next decade for cars and parts that will not meet higher regional content requirements over the next decade, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates.

 

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China drafts rules to encourage tire recycling – Reuters

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – China will establish new specialist firms to re-use and recycle its spent rubber tires as it tries to tackle a mounting waste problem, the industry ministry said in new draft guidelines. The rules, part of China’s efforts to cut pollution and ensure its resources are “comprehensively utilized”, were published by the industry ministry on Wednesday and have been opened to the public for consultation.

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U.S., Canadian officials converge on Mexico City to seal final changes to trade deal – Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Senior U.S. and Canadian officials were set to fly to Mexico City on Tuesday to work on the final changes to a languishing North American trade pact that could clear the way for a vote in the U.S. Congress before the end of the year. U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Monday night she expected the final language of the U.S.-Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA) to be set by Tuesday, which would bring Democrats to a “moment of truth” on whether to proceed to passage.

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