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eBay Galvanizes Sellers to Push for Trade Legislation

eBay’s Government Relations arm sent an email to sellers who are members of its grassroots Main Street program asking them to show their support for new trade legislation.

eBay said small businesses who use the Internet to sell globally aren’t reaching their full export potential “because a majority of the world’s trade laws were developed in a “pre-Internet” era and current policies make it difficult for many U.S. small businesses to sell internationally.”

The letter pointed recipients to a post on its Government Relations eBay Main Street site that explains Congress will soon debate changes to trade policies that will affect small U.S. businesses.

eBay provided Main Street participants with a letter and asked them to send it to their members of Congress. “Show your support for small U.S. businesses and make your voice heard in Congress.”

The letter cites eBay data that says over 90% of U.S. businesses using eBay.com are trading across borders to an average of 30 different countries. “Comparatively, less than five percent of businesses using more traditional models trade with customers outside the U.S. On average they sell to fewer than five countries,” eBay’s lobbying letter stated.

The form letter also requests recipients to support trade bills including Trade Promotion Authority and Customs Reauthorization legislation and ongoing trade negotiations, including the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.

“By actively debating and passing trade legislation, Congress can ensure that small businesses are able to better access global markets and grow.”

The letter eBay urged Main Street participants to send to their Congress members is found on the eBay Main Street blog.

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Ina Steiner is co-founder and Editor of EcommerceBytes and has been reporting on ecommerce since 1999. She's a widely cited authority on marketplace selling and is author of "Turn eBay Data Into Dollars" (McGraw-Hill 2006). Her blog was featured in the book, "Blogging Heroes" (Wiley 2008). She is a member of the Online News Association (Sep 2005 - present) and Investigative Reporters and Editors (Mar 2006 - present). Follow her on Twitter at @ecommercebytes and send news tips to ina@ecommercebytes.com. See disclosure at EcommerceBytes.com/disclosure/.