THE COUNCIL COMMENTS
ON NAFTA AGREEMENT
The Personal Care Products Council is urging the U.S.
Administration to work with Congress to resolve differences with Mexico on cross border trucking commitments
negotiated under the North American Free Trade
Agreement (NAFTA). In particular, the Administration and
Congress should seek to immediately eliminate the 15%
tariffs recently imposed by Mexico on U.S. manufactured
products, specifically personal care products, according to
Francine Lamoriello, executive vice president of global
strategies, The Council.
“As a global industry, our member companies strongly
support free trade and depend on open borders to manufacture, supply, distribute and market a broad array of personal care products that consumers around the world use
“Our members include manufacturers of finished products, suppliers of raw materials and the ingredients that go
into those products, packaging and other industry services,” she said in a media statement.
According to Ms. Lamoriello, Mexico’s recently imposed
tariffs “affect virtually all personal care products including
makeup and skin care, manicure and pedicure preparations, shaving-related goods, hair care and oral care products, deodorants and antiperspirants.”
She also noted that in 2008, the value of exports to
Mexico, the third largest export market for U.S. personal
care behind Canada and the United Kingdom, was more
than $300 million.
“The Council is actively engaged with the foreign industry associations, foreign governments, and the U.S.
2009 Events Set for the Consumer
Specialty Products Association
The Consumer Specialty Products Association (CSPA) has a
variety of informative events scheduled for the second
half of 2009:
• Sept. 22-23: Clean Air Workshop, San Francisco, CA;
• Sept. 29-30: International Affairs Conference,
Renaissance M Street Hotel, Washington, DC;
• Oct. 14-15: Environmental Affairs Conference,
Providence, RI; and
• Oct. 27-28: Ninth Antimicrobial Workshop, Crystal
More info: www.cspa.org
Government to advocate free trade policies and resist technical barriers that would hinder international product
development and marketing, and would result in jobs lost
at home and abroad. We encourage a speedy resolution,”
SOCMA Outlines Tenets for TSCA Reform
Amid renewed debate over the effectiveness of the Toxic
Substances Control Act (TSCA), the Society of Chemical
Manufacturers and Affiliates (SOCMA) released its official
position on the decades-old statute, denouncing a complete
overhaul as overly burdensome to its core membership of
small and medium-sized businesses.
“SOCMA’s stance on TSCA provides a unique contribution to the discussion waging on Capitol Hill,” said SOCMA
president Joseph Acker.
“While we fully recognize TSCA’s shortcomings, we urge
critics to carefully examine how it could be improved and
better implemented without disturbing the delicate balance between protection of human health and the environment, and sustainment of a vital industry and its customers,” he added.
Specifically, SOCMA is pressing lawmakers to reexamine the important role of the Chemical Assessment and
Management Program (ChAMP) and other statutes that
regulate chemicals as it assesses whether better use of
existing authorities could meet their goals.
Mr. Acker stressed that any evaluation of TSCA must
recognize that the chemical industry’s innovation has
played an integral role in the U.S. economy, and that sweeping revisions could prove highly detrimental to Americans’
way of life.
A complete overhaul, as proposed by the Kid-Safe
Chemicals Act, could also delay the introduction of new
products and slow offshore manufacturing. SOCMA’s position on TSCA reform outlines several increasingly prominent issues, including the importance of reporting potential
exposures to children to EPA, and the agency’s unique data
collection avenues absent mandatory up-front reporting
requirements, such as the publicly available data that will
be generated from REACH compliance efforts.
SOCMA has repeatedly urged Congress to carefully
examine TSCA and ChAMP before considering revision of
these statutes, as it did most recently during testimony.
More info: www.socma.com