IHA Asks Member Support For Postal Fairness Bill

The International Housewares Association is urging its members to contact their congressional representatives and ask them to support H.R. 5524, the Packages Overseas Subsidy Termination or POST Act, which is under consideration in the United States House of Representatives.

Postal regulations and government subsidies offer foreign manufacturers, particularly those located in China, distinct competitive advantages, as reported by HomeWorld Business in an exclusive story that was part of the magazine’s March 5 issue.

The bill, sponsored by Rep. Kenny Marchant of Texas, deals with postal advantages offered to many foreign countries in the payment of Terminal Dues, discounts based on delivery participation and a schedule of rates set every four years by the Universal Postal Union (UPU). The bill calls upon the Postal Regulatory Commission to establish postal rates that ensure parity between domestic and international shippers and level the playing field for small businesses in the U.S. that are competing in a global economy.

Jayme Smaldone, CEO of Mighty Mug, has championed the cause of ensuring equitable treatment of American businesses, IHA pointed out.

“As the housewares industry’s leading association and voice, an important part of our mantra is to provide and protect a level playing field,” said Phil Brandl, IHA’s president and CEO. “This postal service inequity presents a competitive disadvantage for our members and will only get worse if it’s not acted upon. Specifically, we urge all our members to contact their member of Congress and ask them to support H.R. 5524 or use social media to urge President Trump to ‘level the playing field’ by making the U.S. Postal Service stop charging even one penny less to foreign merchants to deliver their packages within the U.S. than American businesses are charged for the same service. The USPS loses money on the delivery, even at a time when they are seeking more financial support from Congress.”

HOMEWORLD BUSINESS® explored the UPU, postal regulations and small package delivery issues in the March 5 issue and how it was impacting the housewares industry.