Ohio Delegation Calls for Justice Department to Investigate UPS/DHL Transaction
Washington, D.C. – Following a meeting convened by Congressman Mike Turner (OH-03), a bipartisan group of Members of Congress and Ohio’s two United States Senators are urging the Justice Department to investigate the upcoming partnership between DHL and UPS. The bipartisan group of legislators sent a letter to Attorney General Michael Mukasey, requesting that he employ a high degree of scrutiny in examining the antitrust implications of the proposed transaction.
“My colleagues and I are committed to making sure that this process receives a thorough review by the Department of Justice and that our constituents are extended every possible resource and protection,” Congressman Turner said. ”The proposed partnership between UPS and DHL raises many questions about what would happen to Ohio’s economy and the national and international shipping markets.”
UPS and DHL recently agreed to enter into a partnership, the terms of which would allow UPS to assume much of DHL’s American business operations. The proposed reorganization plan would cause DHL to close operations at their hub in Wilmington, Ohio and cause the loss of an anticipated 8,000 jobs.
Under the proposed terms of the agreement, DHL would pick up and deliver products but would have no role in product shipping and sorting. These roles would be filled by UPS, which also acquired Emery Airlines in Dayton in 2005 in a consolidation move that cost approximately 1,200 jobs. These consolidations could have a detrimental impact to Ohio’s economy as well national and international implications.
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