Online marketplaces urge lawmakers on language in China’s competition bill
An online market group has written a letter to several lawmakers hoping to urge them to change the language of China’s new competition bills.
The Coalition to Protect Small American Sellers (PASS) in its letter sent on Thursday, the expressed concern over a series of bills that this says “will hurt consumers, disadvantage medium and small businesses, and disrupt thousands of legitimate websites.”
The set of bills includes the US Manufacturing Opportunity, Preeminence in Technology, and Economic Strength Act (COMPETES) and the US Competition and Innovation Act (USICA).
PASS is a coalition of online marketplaces including eBay, Etsy, Poshmark, Redbubble, and Pinterest.
“We are the Coalition to Protect America’s Small Sellers (PASS), and our member businesses enable individuals and occasional sellers, entrepreneurs, designers, manufacturers, and small businesses of all types to sell goods to buyers around the world. entire,” the coalition said. said in his letter.
“Our internet-powered model of commerce has led to one of the greatest expansions of creative expression and entrepreneurial growth in human history,” he added. “We are committed to providing a safe, secure, and convenient location for e-commerce, economic activity, and the empowerment of America’s micro, small, and medium-sized businesses.”
The coalition has called on the group of lawmakers to scrap the Safe Shops Act, arguing that the proposed bill is “one-sided” and designed to help big businesses.
at beat competitors under the false pretense of protecting “health and safety” protocols, also noting serious privacy issues and limitations for small business sellers.
PASS also called for the removal of a section of the USICA Act, saying that part of the law’s Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) section will prevent US small and micro businesses from selling products online. , indicates the letter.
The letter was addressed to Sens. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), member of the Senate Commerce and Transportation Science Committee, and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) and Reps. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas.) and Frank Lucas (R-Okla .), both members of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee.
The coalition also mentioned in the letter its support for the INFORM Act, saying the bill protects consumers from potential counterfeit products and makes shopping online safer, noting that the bill has won major support from from other organizations and legislators.
“INFORM is smart policy that has gone through an extensive legislative process to take a balanced approach to improving e-commerce for consumers and sellers,” the coalition wrote in the letter. “Thank you for considering our priorities for the Conference. We are ready to work with you on all these important issues.