WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Michael R. Turner (OH-03) announced today that he and Ohio’s Congressional Delegation are seeking Congressional hearings on the proposed deal between DHL and UPS. The proposed deal would consolidate DHL’s North American shipping operations into UPS and in the process eliminate competition in the shipping market as well as over 8,000 jobs from their Wilmington hub.
“This transaction between UPS and DHL raises serious questions and seems to break promises that were made to our community,” Congressman Turner said. “If the deal goes through, the impact will be significant for families throughout the region and for our local economy. It will also in essence leave only two competitors in the North American shipping market which will hurt American consumers. This deal needs to be reviewed with the highest possible scrutiny and urgency.”
The Ohio Congressional Delegation sent letters to the Chairmen and Ranking Members of the House Judiciary Committee and the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure asking for each committee to hold hearings on the proposed deal. The letter to Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers and Ranking Member Lamar Smith asks the committee to investigate the deal to see if it violates federal antitrust law. The letter to Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman James Oberstar and Ranking Member John Mica urges their committee to examine the devastating impact the deal would have on the North American shipping market and it’s implications on American consumers.
Congressman Turner and the Ohio Delegation have also recently sent a letter to Attorney General Michael Mukasey asking him to investigate the deal for possible antitrust violations.