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More California Proposition 65 Notices Issued

More California Proposition 65 Notices Issued

New “60-day” notices have been issued alleging that brands and retailers sold travel bags, travel sets, purses, and passport covers in California that contained di (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) in violation of a California law known as Proposition 65 (Prop 65). The notices serve as intent to bring lawsuits against the recipients of the notices that sold these products. For more information on Prop 65, please go to the Prop 65 page on the TGA website or contact TGA’s Nate Herman, nate@travel-goods.org, 202-853-9351.

More California Proposition 65 Notices Issued

More California Proposition 65 Notices Issued

October 19, 2017 – New “60-day” notices have been issued alleging that brands and retailers sold travel bags, garment bags, totes (Notice 1), totes (Notice 2), handbags (Notice 1)handbags (Notice 2), handbags (Notice 3), handbags (Notice 4), luggage tags (Notice 1), luggage tags (Notice 2), and luggage tags (Notice 3) in California that contained di (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP), Di-n-butyl phthalate (DBP), and/or di-isononyl phthalate (DINP) in violation of a California law known as Proposition 65 (Prop 65). The notices serve as intent to bring lawsuits against the recipients of the notices that sold these products. For more information on Prop 65, please go to the Prop 65 page on the TGA website or contact TGA’s Nate Herman, nate@travel-goods.org, 202-853-9351.

More California Proposition 65 Notices Issued

More California Proposition 65 Notices Issued

New “60-day” notices have been issued alleging that brands and retailers sold purses, clear bags, carrying cases, travel jewelry organizers, duffle bags, and cosmetic bags in California that contained di (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP), Di-isodecyl phthalate (DIDP), and/or di-isononyl phthalate (DINP) in violation of a California law known as Proposition 65 (Prop 65). The notices serve as intent to bring lawsuits against the recipients of the notices that sold these products. For more information on Prop 65, please go to the Prop 65 page on the TGA website or contact TGA’s Nate Herman, nate@travel-goods.org, 202-853-9351.

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More California Proposition 65 Notices Issued

New “60-day” notices have been issued alleging that brands and retailers sold bags (Notice 1, Notice 2, Notice 3), messenger bags, equipment bags, luggage tags (Notice 1, Notice 2), cosmetic bags, waist packs, clear carry-on travel bags (Notice 1, Notice 2, and Notice 3), reversible bags, wallets (Notice 1, Notice 2), protective cases, and ID Holders in California that contained lead, di (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP), Di-isodecyl phthalate (DIDP), Di-n-butyl phthalate (DBP), and/or di-isononyl phthalate (DINP) in violation of a California law known as Proposition 65 (Prop 65). The notices serve as intent to bring lawsuits against the recipients that sold these products. For more information on Prop 65, please go to the Prop 65 page on the TGA website or contact TGA’s Nate Herman, nate@travel-goods.org, 202-853-9351.

TGA Applauds GSP Travel Goods Decision

TGA Applauds GSP Travel Goods Decision

As of July 1, thanks to a five-year-long effort by TGA and others, President Trump proclaimed that U.S. travel goods imports from all GSP-eligible countries (see page 12), including the Philippines, Thailand, India, Pakistan, Cambodia, and Sri Lanka (but NOT China or Vietnam), are now duty-free under the U.S. Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program. Please contact TGA’s Nate Herman at 202-853-9351 or nate@travel-goods.org, if you have questions or would like additional information.

Border Adjustment Tax (BAT) Update

Border Adjustment Tax (BAT) Update

There has been a lot of talk in the news lately that the House Republican proposal to include a “border adjustment tax” (BAT) as part of any tax reform effort is dead.

Earlier this month, House Ways & Means Committee Chairman Kevin Bray (R-TX) proposed phasing-in a border adjustment tax (BAT) over five years, instead of immediate implementation as proposed in the House Republican “A Better Way” tax reform proposal. Thankfully, Brady’s phase-in approach failed to gain new support for the proposal. However, it appears opposition to the TGA-opposed BAT proposal continues to grow.

Regrettably, key Congressional leaders continue to keep the concept of the BAT alive.

Why? Because Congressional Republicans, and the White House, want any tax reform they approve to be permanent, like the Ronald Reagan tax reform of 1986, not temporary, like the Bush tax cuts in the 1990s. In order to make tax reform permanent, Congress must find a way to pay for it.

Lowering the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 15 or 20 percent, as both the White House and Congressional Republicans have proposed, means over a trillion dollars in lost revenue for the U.S. government over the next decade. Eliminating key exemptions, as proposed by the White House, will only recoup a portion of this lost revenue.

However, the BAT, as currently envisioned, would raise over $1.2 trillion in revenue for the U.S. government over the next ten years. That revenue is really hard to give up if you want to make 15 or 20 percent corporate tax rates the new norm, which is why BAT is not dead yet.

And that is why we need you to keep up the pressure on Congress to kill the BAT. Here are ways you can help:

  • Join more than 14,000 executives, including members of TGA and other affected industries, and send a letter to your members of Congress to show your opposition to tax reform that includes a BAT (it only takes a few minutes); Get all of your colleagues to also send an email; and
  • Continue to voice your opposition in meetings with Members of Congress, and share our handout showing the potential impact on our industry.

For more information, please contact Nate Herman, TGA’s Director of Government Relations, at 202-853-9351, nate@travel-goods.org.

TGA Applauds GSP Travel Goods Decision

TGA Applauds GSP Travel Goods Decision

As of July 1, thanks to a five-year-long effort by TGA and others, President Trump proclaimed that U.S. travel goods imports from all GSP-eligible countries (see page 12), including the Philippines, Thailand, India, Pakistan, Cambodia, and Sri Lanka (but NOT China or Vietnam), are now duty-free under the U.S. Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program. Please contact TGA’s Nate Herman at 202-853-9351 or nate@travel-goods.org, if you have questions or would like additional information.

More California Prop 65 Notices Issued

More California Proposition 65 Notices Issued

New “60-day” notices have been issued alleging that brands and retailers sold luggage, duffel bags, wallets (Notice 1, Notice 2), and passport cases in California that contained di (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) or Diisononyl phthalate (DINP) in violation of a California law known as Proposition 65 (Prop 65). The notices serve as intent to bring lawsuits against the recipients that sold these products. For more information on Prop 65, please go to the Prop 65 page on the TGA website or contact TGA’s Nate Herman, 202-853-9351.

More California Proposition 65 Notices Issued

More California Proposition 65 Notices Issued

New “60-day” notices have been issued alleging that brands and retailers sold backpacks (Notice 1, Notice 2, Notice 3), fashion wallets, and design bags in California that contained di (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) in violation of a California law known as Proposition 65 (Prop 65). The notices serve as intent to bring lawsuits against the recipients that sold these products. For more information on Prop 65, please go to the Prop 65 page on the TGA website or contact TGA’s Nate Herman, 202-853-9351.

More California Proposition 65 Notices Issued

More California Proposition 65 Notices Issued

New “60-day” notices have been issued alleging that brands and retailers sold handbags, luggage tags, travel set cases, and bike bags in California that contained di (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) in violation of a California law known as Proposition 65 (Prop 65). The notices serve as intent to bring lawsuits against the recipients that sold these products. For more information on Prop 65, please go to the Prop 65 page on the TGA website or contact TGA’s Nate Herman, 202-853-9351.