Online marketplaces are urging lawmakers on language competition law in China


A group of online marketplaces have written a letter to several lawmakers hoping to urge them to streamline the language of China’s new competition laws.

The Coalition to Protect America’s Small Sellers (PASS) in its letter sent on Thursday, it expressed concern about a number of proposed laws it said “harming consumers, penalizing medium and small businesses, and disrupting thousands of legitimate websites.”

The bills include the America Creating Opportunities for Manufacturing, Pre-Eminence in Technology, and Economic Strength (COMPETES) Act and the United States Innovation and Competition Act (USICA).

PASS is a coalition of online marketplaces like eBay, Etsy, Poshmark, Redbubble and Pinterest.

“We are the Coalition to Protect America’s Small Sellers (PASS), and our member companies enable individuals and casual sellers, entrepreneurs, creators, manufacturers and small businesses of all kinds to sell goods to buyers from around the world,” the coalition said in his writing.

“Our model of internet-enabled commerce has led to one of the greatest expansions in creative expression and entrepreneurial growth in human history,” it added. “We are committed to providing a safe and convenient location for e-commerce, economic activity and the empowerment of America’s micro, small and medium-sized businesses.”

The coalition called on the group of lawmakers to remove the Shop Safe Act, arguing that the bill is “unilateral” and designed to help big businesses to under the false pretense of protecting “health and safety protocols” to beat its competitors while also citing serious privacy concerns and limitations for small business sellers.

PASS also called for the removal of a section of USICA law, saying the section portion of the Country-of-Origin Labeling Act (COOL) will make it impossible for American small and micro businesses to sell products online, the letter said.

The letter was addressed to Sens. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), a member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), and Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas.) and Frank Lucas (R-Okla.), both of whom are members of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee.

The coalition also mentioned its support for the INFORM bill in the letter, saying the bill will protect consumers from potentially counterfeit products and make online purchases safer, noting that the bill has received strong support from other organizations and lawmakers.

“INFORM is a smart policy that has gone through a thorough legislative process to find a balanced approach to improve eCommerce for both 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 matters.”


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