August 2013: In This Issue ...
The United States plans to join the European Union in a World Trade Organization case that challenges a Russian auto recycling fee program as an illegal trade barrier against imported cars, Michael Froman the top U.S. trade official said on Thursday.
“There’s now a case being brought against them on the auto recycling fee in the WTO and we’ll be joining that case,” Froman told the House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee at a hearing on the U.S. trade agenda.
The EU filed its case earlier this month, complaining that Russia was illegally protecting its carmakers with a recycling fee levied only on imported cars.
The action followed repeated warnings from Brussels about what it sees as Russia’s noncompliance and loud dissent in Russia about the merits of being in the WTO at all. Joining the WTO is a compact, with the cost of signing up to tough standards offset by the benefits of gaining access to a globally regulated market with guarantees against protectionism.
Russia’s critics say it has never made good on its obligations, and the car levy, introduced nine days after Russia became a member, is one of a slew of non-compliant policies on goods ranging from alcoholic drinks to combine harvesters.
Importing a car to Russia involves paying a fee to cover the future cost of recycling it, a form of a green tax. Cars produced in Russia, however, are not subject to the same charge, making it, in the EU’s eyes, in effect an import tax.
Cutting import tariffs on cars was a major sticking point in Russia’s 18-year negotiation to join the WTO. Moscow agreed to do so, but the EU says the recycling fee, collected up-front when a car is imported, effectively cancels out the tariff cut.
Frank Crash, owner of Frank Crash Auto Wrecking in Greenville, Pa., was found dead on July 25, 2013 at his home in Hempfield Township, just south of Greenville. The Hempfield Township police, Pennsylvania State Police and the Mercer County Coroner’s Office have determined Crash’s death was a homicide. Officers are still investigating.
Crash was 76. He owned Frank Crash Auto Wrecking for more than 50 years. He was also very active in his community. His obituary was in the Sharon Herald: http://sharonherald.com/obituaries/x541283509/Frank-R-Crash.
Standard Auto Wreckers (www.standardautowreckers.com) is set to open its third location. Father and son team, Ken Gold and David Gold, recently bought the former Union Auto Parts facility in Ottawa, Canada. The Golds already own and operate auto recycling facilities in the Toronto-area and Niagara Falls, N.Y.
The 18-plus-acre business is located at 5402 Old Richmond Road in Ottawa. David said the site will be a late-model auto recycling facility, self-service facility and scrap processing operation. A Crow Vehicle Depollution System was just installed a few weeks ago.
A grand opening is planned for October 2013.
Classic meets custom built with the launch of LKQ’s 2014 Car Calendar Contest that will run through August 16. This nationwide contest is an opportunity for classic car enthusiasts to showcase their works of art and have a chance to be featured in LKQ’s 2014 Car Calendar.
For those who want to participate in the 2014 Car Calendar Contest they must submit photos of their vehicle along with full details and backstory of the submission. Contestants may submit more than one entry with multiple photos.
Overall, there will be 13 winners but no entry will go home empty handed. There is one grand prize winner, 12 monthly winners, and all eligible entries will receive a free limited edition 2014 Car Calendar t-shirt.
The grand prize winner will receive an expense-paid trip to the 2013 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. The grand prize recipient will also be featured on the cover of the 2014 Car Calendar and be given a 24" X 36" poster of their winning entry.
The remaining 12 winners will be rewarded with a designated spot in the 2014 Car Calendar, a copy of the 2014 Car Calendar, and a 24-inch by 36-inch poster of their winning entry.
Each 2014 Car Calendar will be made of high quality stock with large format, featuring one car per month and displaying the name of the winning entry and the type of vehicle. The calendar will also include two coupons per month that can be used for recycled and aftermarket products throughout the year of 2014.
The contest is open to car enthusiasts of classic cars, vintage cars and hot rods. The passion for perfection is what drives LKQ to showcase the finest cars nationwide.
In the event that you do not have a classic car, there is still a chance for you to win. Starting August 1st you can enter our LKQ Car Calendar Sweepstakes for a chance to win a trip to SEMA just for registering. No purchase necessary. The LKQ Car Calendar Sweepstakes is open to one entry, per day, per person.
For more information on LKQ’s 2014 Car Calendar Contest visit www.lkqcarcalendar.com. Stay connected with LKQ on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for updates.
August 28, 2013: Listings for The Locator Magazine.
August 30, 2013: Display ads for The Locator Magazine.
September 5, 2013: The Locator Magazine goes to press.