The Coalition of Small Batch Importers – 31 Fair Trade Federation members, sustainable trade importers, artisan marketers, designers, and Sandler Trade LLC submitted a joint letter today to the Consumer Product Safety Commission concerning “Alternative Testing Requirements for Small Batch Importers.” On Wednesday, October 26, representatives of the Coalition will testify at a public hearing before the Commissioners.
This is the first time that this group of businesses or any representative group of
Fair Trade, sustainable trade, and small batch importers of artisanal items
have come together to express their concerns about consumer product safety requirements and their impact on the viability of continued importation from low-income artisans globally by U.S. small businesses.
The Coalition worked together so that this pioneering action could convey the enormity of the problems the businesses face as a result of the third-party testing and certification requirements for children’s products and the companies’ sincere appreciation of the Commission’s recognition and efforts to address these issues.
The letter can be found here: Small Batch Coalition of Importers CPSC Comments 102111 final2