All the Plastics News readers who think Chinese goods should be taxed, banned or regulated might want to consider moving to Palm Bay, Fla., where Mayor John Mazziotti has introduced an ordinance that would prohibit the city from buying made-in-China products. "We are losing jobs left and right to them," Mazziotti told Florida Today. Concern about quality and safety of Chinese-made products prompted the move.
The proposed ordinance reads that the city will take the action because Chinese products hurt the American economy, and because "there is a complete lack of environmental, health and safety standards in product manufacturing in China." The ordinance would prevent the city from buying any items costing more than $50 that are manufactured or assembled in China or that contain more than 50 percent components from China. Exceptions are for emergency purchases, if the item is not available otherwise or if the cost is more than 150 percent higher.Are there still made-in-America alternatives for most products that cities buy? Palm Bay will soon find out.