COVID-19

What to Consider & What’s Being Done

The AAFA team is dedicated to providing you with timely coronavirus (COVID-19) resources to help protect your teams, your consumers, and your supply chains. 

In addition to our regular callsAAFA committee updates, and weekly member update emails from AAFA president and CEO Steve Lamar, this page provides the latest COVID-19 resources as we come together to support one another during this pandemic. We are incredibly proud of the AAFA members that are making a difference in the community - see a sampling of their stories here

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Current Situation and What to Consider

For the latest updates on how AAFA is propelling the industry forward at this incredibly difficult time, join our twice weekly callsVisit aafaglobal.org/events to register for each call.

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Stimulus Measures

The potential for a commercial credit crisis is now top of AAFA's agenda. See letters sent on June 2 and on June 23 to Fed Chairman Jerome Powell, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, and take part in AAFA's weekly COVID-19 policy calls to learn more.

On April 21, the Senate reached a deal on a $484 billion relief package that would add funds to the previously passed CARES Act. Details on the deal are available from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Additional resources from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on the CARES Act:

For background on the CARES Act, access our webinar recording from March 31.

Tariff Relief 

On April 19, President Trump issued an Executive Order to defer limited amounts of duty payments for 90 days if a company can show economic hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Order does not cover products impacted by the administration's trade war, such as those hit with punitive tariffs under Section 301. AAFA’s reaction to this move is available here.

For more information, see the following from Customs and Border Protection (CBP):

The Order leaves much of the industry without relief and AAFA is pushing tirelessly for additional reliefAAFA also encourages the industry to send a pre-drafted letter to Congress.



 

Meeting Demand for Personal Protective Equipment

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FEMA RESOURCES

  • To sell medical supplies or equipment to the federal government, email specifics to covidsupplies@fema.dhs.gov.
  • If you have medical supplies or equipment to donate, provide FEMA with details on what you are offering.
  • If you are a private company that wants to produce a product related to the COVID response – email nbeoc@max.gov.
  • If you are a hospital and other companies in need of medical supplies, contact your state Department of Public Health and/or Emergency Management.
  • For non-medical supplies, services or equipment, if you are interested in doing business with FEMA, visit our Industry Liaison Program.

Guidelines for Safe Business Operations under COVID-19
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