Fair Trade Importers Submit Letter on Third Party Testing Impacts

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

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6 Responses to Fair Trade Importers Submit Letter on Third Party Testing Impacts

  1. Glenn Fadner says:

    Count us in.

    Glenn Fadner
    Kingdom Ventures, Inc
    Rochester, NY 14624

  2. Phil Smith says:

    Poverty is the worst form of violence; it devastates familes, communities, and nations. It causes instability, political unrest, and fuels confilicts. Through Fair and Compassionate Trade we generate needed income for the economically disadvantaged, promote stability, and improve the standards of living for artisans.

    It’s imperative that through the enaction of legislation to promote safety in children’s toys and products that we not harm others in the process.

  3. Count us in too!

    -Aid Through Trade (a fair trade jewelry company based in Annapolis, MD with an office in Nepal)

  4. Lynn Persson says:

    Count Terra Experience in. One comment, most of my sales (3/4) at this point are retail rather than wholesale. I am also putting Terra Experience comments together. Do you know if you can provide testimony via conference call/Skype to these types of hearings? Thanks

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