WASHINGTON, Nov. 9, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- The International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO®), publisher of the Uniform Codes, the provisions of which protect people across five continents, has been awarded a four-year grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce's International Trade Administration's (ITA) Market Development Cooperator Program (MDCP). Now a two-time recipient, IAPMO previously received the MDCP grant in 2013.
Through this project, IAPMO will work with U.S. manufacturers to increase the flow of plumbing exports to Southeast Asian countries by removing burdensome export requirements and technical barriers to trade currently in place. Ultimately, this collaboration between ITA and IAPMO will help countries meet critical infrastructure and climatic trends in the region, paving the way for increased U.S. exports of environmental-related technologies and services for decades to come.
The MDCP program provides financial and technical assistance to support projects that encourage U.S. companies to export. Projects range in scope from helping companies to secure export financing to addressing non-tariff barriers to U.S. exports such as discriminatory regulations, local content requirements, and onerous conformity assessment requirements.
"I applaud IAPMO on receiving a 2021 Market Development Cooperator Program award for its devotion to promoting clean water and sanitation," said U.S. Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo. "IAPMO's work in testing and standards aims to help navigate export pathways for U.S. companies while also cutting costs and relieving burdens for U.S. exporters in certain Indo-Pacific markets. This kind of innovation is crucial in recovering our economy and increasing competitiveness of American industries."
Through this funding, IAPMO will help expand United States exports in the following manner:
- Provide a more efficient testing and certification alternative for plastic pipes in Indonesia, easing the pathway for U.S. manufacturers to compete in government procurements.
- Have the Bureau of Philippine Standards (BPS) designate IAPMO as a recognized testing laboratory for sanitaryware, reducing the costs and burden for U.S. exporters in the market.
Southeast Asian countries have identified water, including water conservation and efficient use, as a key driver to sustainable development. However, the region reports substantially lower changes in water efficiency over time compared to other developed regions in the world according to the United Nations.
"We are thrilled to have been awarded another federal grant by the International Trade Administration," said IAPMO CEO Dave Viola. "Our public-private partnership with the Department of Commerce has proven overwhelmingly successful and beneficial — not only to IAPMO and the industry, but also to the countries with whom we partner."
IAPMO's 2013 MDCP grant intended to increase the competitiveness of the U.S. plumbing supply industry abroad by generating exports to Indonesia was extremely successful. A 2013 memorandum of understanding between IAPMO and Indonesia's National Standardzation Agency resulted in a comprehensive body of regulations — SNI 8153:2015, Plumbing Systems for Buildings — being adopted as the technical basis for Indonesia's water/sanitation infrastructure. As a result, total annualized U.S. plumbing exports to Indonesia increased by 85% over the pre-project period baseline.
SOURCE International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO)