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Don’t Waste Your R&D Dollars

Don’t Waste Your R&D Dollars

A great idea is worthless without great execution. And a terrific product won’t make a dent in the marketplace if people don’t know about it. The International Travel Goods Show is the industry’s best new products showcase and marketing event, where the best, strongest retailers go to discover what’s new. You’ve invested tens of thousands in product development – give those items the marketing platform they deserve, by displaying them at The Show. It’s the smartest follow-through you can make on those R&D dollars. Book now, and save more than 30%. Contact Cathy Hays: cathy@travel-goods.org, 877-842-1938, x-707.

Trump Administration Announces Initial China Tariff List

Trump Administration Announces Initial China Tariff List

On Tuesday the Trump administration announced the initial list of U.S. imports from China on which it plans to impose 25% punitive duties. The proposed duties on $50 billion worth of U.S. imports from China are part of an ongoing investigation by the Trump administration Section 301 case into alleged intellectual property violations by China.

USTR has published the draft Federal Register with the list of products subject to
the 301 tariffs:
https://ustr.gov/about-us/policy-offices/press-office/press-releases/2018/april/under-section-301-action-ustr
https://ustr.gov/sites/default/files/files/Press/Releases/301FRN.pdf

Thanks to intensive lobbying by TGA and others, the initial list does NOT include any travel goods products. Our industry is not out of the woods yet. Tuesday’s announcement starts a public comment period where the public can propose removing, or adding, products to the list. The Trump administration will also hold a public hearing on the proposed list on May 11. The Trump administration will then publish the final list sometime after the public hearing. That date has not yet been set.

TGA will keep members apprised as this situation develops. Please contact Nate Herman, TGA’s Director of Government Relations, with any questions, 202-853-9351, nate@travel-goods.org.

The Best Ad Platform, Amazing Savings

The Best Ad Platform, Amazing Savings

Travel Goods Showcase is the most powerful ad vehicle in travel goods, reaching more retail buyers than any other trade publication. And if you act now – right now – you can save 40% off the next three issues, including the upcoming Post-Show Issue. With extensive coverage from The International Travel Goods Show, the rundown on this year’s product trends and new items, this is a year-long reference for many buyers – an ad in this issue gets exposure the whole year through. But ad space is closing, and this special rate ends with it. Contact Cathy Hays now to get in on this amazing deal: cathy@travel-goods.org, 877-842-1938, x-707.

Don’t Be an International Travel Goods Show Victim

Don’t Be an International Travel Goods Show Victim

It has come to our attention that some unscrupulous individuals and companies are targeting Show attendees with email offering discounted rooms for The 2019 International Travel Goods Show. We, at TGA, have also received email wherein the sender purports to sell this year’s Show attendee list with detailed contact info. If you have received any email offering special Las Vegas lodging for 2019 or access to Show attendee contact lists, you should know that these emails have not been authorized by TGA and may not be legitimate. TGA has not engaged a lodging service for 2019, nor does it sell or rent its contact lists, which we consider to be confidential and proprietary. If you have any doubts as to the legitimacy of these emails, we recommend reporting them as spam, which will help block them from your email server and may help others as well. If you are an International Travel Goods Show exhibitor, you may obtain a final – and wholly legitimate – attendee list from TGA free of charge by contacting Cathy Trecartin at cttga@aol.com, 877-842-1938, x-702.

China Section 301 Trade Actions Announced

China Section 301 Trade Actions Announced

  • On Thursday, President Trump signed a memorandum directing his Administration to take a range of actions responding to China’s acts, policies, and practices involving the unfair and harmful acquisition of U.S. technology.
  • Under Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974, last August, the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) initiated an investigation to determine whether China’s acts, policies, and practices related to technology transfer, intellectual property, and innovation are unreasonable, unjustifiable, or discriminatory and burden or restrict U.S. commerce.
    • A transcript of remarks made by President Trump during the signing of the memorandum can be found here.
    • President Trump used his remarks to restate long-standing complaints with U.S./China trade and other trade policies, including NAFTA, and also promised that Friday’s trade action is the "first of many."
    • A White House fact sheet of Friday’s action can be found here.
    • A USTR fact sheet can be found here.
  • According to a USTR press release published shortly after the signing of the memorandum, the President has instructed that the appropriate response to China’s harmful acts, policies and practices should include three separate actions:
    1. Tariffs – The President has instructed the USTR to publish a proposed list of products and any tariff increases. The President announced he would impose 25 percent ad valorem duties on $50-$60 billion of U.S. imports from China.

    • While the President and members of his cabinet spoke about the importance of dealing with Chinese IP theft, very few details were shared other than that tariffs would be imposed and that the list of products will "include aerospace, information and communication technology, and machinery." An actual list of products was NOT announced or published. The announcement, and subsequent fact sheets, however, went out their way to make clear that the product list is not limited to these items. As such, it is difficult to understand the full impact of this process until the list of targeted products is released and finalized.
    • WHAT’S NEXT? As per USTR:
      • "The Presidential Memorandum instructs USTR to publish a proposed list of products subject to additional tariffs within 15 days."
      • USTR said it would publish the list "in the next several days."
      • "The list will be set out in a Federal Register notice seeking public comments on the proposed tariff action. The notice will also announce a date for a public hearing."
      • "Comments will be due 30 days from publication."
      • "USTR, with the assistance of the interagency Section 301 Committee, will review and analyze the comments."
      • "When the process is completed, USTR will announce the final determination on the tariff action and will publish the product list in the Federal Register."

    2. WTO dispute – The President has instructed the Trade Representative to pursue dispute settlement in the World Trade Organization (WTO) to address China’s discriminatory technology licensing practices.
    3. Investment restrictions – The President has directed the Secretary of the Treasury to address concerns about investment in the United States directed or facilitated by China in industries or technologies deemed important to the United States.

  • USTR has also published a comprehensive report on the findings of the Section 301 Investigation. The report is available here.
  • TGA Next Steps
    • TGA will continue to track the Section 301 actions closely and report updates.
    • TGA will continue to participate in advocacy opportunities on this process before Congress and the Administration.
    • TGA expects to submit comments for the Federal Register notice process, including possibly testifying at the hearing.
      • We will solicit member input on any products on the list on which we need to comment AND/OR to preempt the addition of any products that we wish to keep excluded.
    • TGA encourages member companies to contact their Members of Congress and the President to express opposition to new tariffs by sending an email through this link.
      • Please feel free to share that link with your coworkers, friends, neighbors, and family.

Please contact Nate Herman, TGA’s Director of Government Relations, with any questions, 202-853-9351, nate@travel-goods.org.

TGA-Supported GSP Renewal Signed into Law

TGA-Supported GSP Renewal Signed into Law

On March 23, President Donald J. Trump signed into law the omnibus budget bill. Besides funding the government before it ran out of money, the legislation also renewed the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program (See Title 5, Page 1762). TGA lobbied hard for GSP renewal over the last 9 months.

As a result, GSP will go back into effect on April 22, 2018. The legislation will retroactively renew GSP back to when it expired, January 1, 2018, through December 31, 2020.

That means companies that have been designating GSP for their import shipments will be eligible to receive duty refunds from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) for the period between January 1, 2018 and April 22, 2018. As noted previously, CBP has provided detailed guidance for marking your shipments so that you are eligible for duty refunds.

Under GSP, U.S. imports of travel goods from most developing countries, including Thailand, Cambodia, the Philippines, India, Brazil, and Sri Lanka, can enter the United States duty-free under flexible rules. Over a five-year period ending in 2017, TGA successfully fought for the addition of travel goods to the GSP program.

Please contact Nate Herman, TGA’s Director of Government Relations, with any questions, 202-853-9351, nate@travel-goods.org.

Airline Tickets, a Scooter – The Big Winners of 2018 Are…

Airline Tickets, a Scooter – The Big Winners of 2018 Are…

2018 marks the Travel Goods Association’s 80th birthday – and we’re celebrating in style. To commemorate the milestone anniversary, we raffled off a 2018 Honda Metropolitan Scooter (valued at $2500) to buyers attending The International Travel Goods Show. The lucky winner of the scooter is Tiffany Williams of Luggage Shop of Lubbock (Lubbock, TX). Susan Taylor and Barbara Tolliver, owners of The Traveler Inc. in Bainbridge Island, WA, are the winners of The 2018 International Travel Goods Show Travel Photo contest. The prize? Roundtrip tickets to The 2018 Show in Las Vegas with a value up to $500. Congratulations, Tiffany, Susan and Barbara!

Zdoze

Member Profiles

Zdoze

nod2.0 by Zdoze is a travel pillow designed to maximize comfort by keeping a seated user’s head, neck and back aligned at the same relative angle experienced when sleeping in bed. Simple and compact, its unique design solves the problem of forward head motion and works with users of any height, and it’s compatible with all seats, whether traveling by plane, train, bus or car.

The pocket-size nod2.0 provides full head and neck support by attaching to the seatback, and is configurable to accommodate a variety of seat/headrest designs typical for airliners, trains, buses and cars.

“Zdoze is the trademark of nod2.0, The Holy Grail of Travel Pillows,” states Paula Blankenship. “It is the first and only travel pillow that solves the age-old issue of forward head motion while seated upright. Our from-the-rear patented design works on passengers of all heights, allowing the user to fully rest his or her neck and head while seated upright.”

Zdoze is made of comfortable memory foam and stain resistant wipe-able fabric. It is easy to use and the supplied accessory cord allows the pillow to work on any seat type.

For more information, visit zdoze.com or contact Paula Blankenship at info@zdoze.com; 502-212-6077.

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And the Winners Are…

And the Winners Are…

We celebrated industry standouts at The 2018 International Travel Goods Show’s Awards Ceremony in Las Vegas. Please join us in congratulating these winners for their good works, innovation and creativity. Click on the blue headings below to see the videos.

Community Service Awards
• United By Blue
• YaY Novelty

Product Innovation Awards
• First Place: Travelmate Robotics’ Robotic Luggage
• Second Place: the TRAVEL MAT by thermalay
• Third Place: Tuplus 20″ Aluminum Carry-On

Buzz Award
• Matador® FlatPak Series™

Best Booth Awards
• 100 Square Feet: BAGSMART
• 200-300 Square Feet: Popticals
• 400-600 Square Feet: GoPlug

TGA Fights to Protect NAFTA’s Cross-Border Mexican Trucking Provisions

TGA Fights to Protect NAFTA’s Cross-Border Mexican Trucking Provisions

On November 14, TGA joined with more than 100 trade associations in sending a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer urging him to maintain NAFTA’s cross-border trucking provisions in any renegotiated agreement. The letter comes in response to reports that the Trump administration was considering new restrictions against Mexican long-haul truckers.