More California Proposition 65 Notices Issued
New “60-day” notices have been issued alleging that brands and retailers sold handbags (Notice 1, Notice 2), travel bags, and wallets in California that contained di (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) and 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, firstname.lastname@example.org, 202-853-9351.
It Pays to Claim Your Show Space
The International Travel Goods Show is big – which makes location more important than ever, so you’ll stand out from the crowd. Spots are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, so there’s every reason to book now while you still have booth spaces to choose from. This is the biggest trade show for travel products so it goes without saying that you need to be present. Don’t wait – contact Cathy Hays, email@example.com, 877-842-1938, x-707, and stake your claim at the industry’s most important pop-up storefront.
ICYMI – 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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions or would like additional information.
Full TGA Member Benefits. 50% Off
There are plenty of reasons to join the Travel Goods Association: We’re your industry lobbyists in Washington, D.C. and your media liaison the world over; plus we offer our members discount shipping and credit card processing, Travel Goods Showcase, the industry’s biggest and best news source, and much more. Right now, you can join TGA for the remainder of 2017 and receive 100% of these benefits for just 50% of the normal rate. This is the best time to join, and discover all TGA can do for you. Contact Member Services Director Cathy Trecartin for details, email@example.com, 877-842-1938, x-702.
Enhance Your Social Profile
What steps are you taking to enhance your company’s profile via social media? Expand your social reach by sharing company news and product developments with TGA via press releases on company letterhead, and we’ll spread your updates via our Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn pages. Contact Kate Ryan, firstname.lastname@example.org, 774-929-5223, and let TGA boost your social profile.
More California Proposition 65 Notices Issued
New “60-day” notices have been issued alleging that brands and retailers sold accessory bags, sports cases, and cosmetic 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, email@example.com, 202-853-9351.
House Chairman Phase-In Proposal Fails to Gain Additional Support for BAT
Last week, House Ways & Means Committee Chairman Kevin Bray (R-TX) proposed phasing-in a border adjustment tax (BAT) over five years, instead of immediately as proposed in the House Republican “A Better Way” tax reform proposal. Brady’s phase-in approach has failed to gain new support for the proposal. Instead, it appears opposition to the TGA-opposed BAT proposal continues to grow. Regrettably, ongoing support by key Congressional leaders means the BAT is not yet dead. TGA needs you to contact your members of Congress to oppose the BAT. This link makes it easy for you and your colleagues to send emails opposing the BAT to your Representative and Senators in only a few minutes. Contact your Members of Congress today.
A One-time Gift Is Your Chance to Save
This year’s International Travel Goods Show fell a month later than our usual early March schedule – timing that prevented many long-time Show exhibitors and TGA supporters from participating in this year’s Early Bird discount program. Recognizing this, and in the spirit of fairness, TGA’s Board of Directors just voted to extend the Early Bird discount deadline for The 2018 Show to July 1. If you haven’t signed up for next year’s Show, this is your chance. This is the only exhibitor discount program available for The Show, and this is a one-time extension only. Deposits must be received by July 1, 2017. Contact Cathy Hays, firstname.lastname@example.org, 877-842-1938, x-707 to save now, before this special opportunity is gone.
The 30-day voting period has ended, and during that time an overwhelming number of members cast their e-votes in support of TGA’s Slate of Nominees for the 2017-2018 TGA Board of Directors. Thanks to everyone who exercised their very important privilege as a member of the Association and voted!
TGA 2017-2018 Board of Directors
Robert Dodson, Ricardo Beverly Hills, Chair
David Lomas, Design Go Ltd., Chair Elect
Jack Holodnicki, Olivet International, Vice Chair
Cliff Ensley, Leisure Merchandising Corp., Treasurer
Lloyd Rabinowitz, Samsonite, Secretary
Scott Kosmin, 24-7 International, Immediate Past Chair
Sue Flaum, Burlington Stores
Andrew Hamilton, Antler USA Ltd.
Nathan Haskell, it luggage
Jerry Kallman, Airline International Luggage
Magi Raible, LifeGear Design
TGA Urges Sides to Agree to Extension of West Coast Port Labor Contract
TGA joined 120 organizations in sending a letter applauding the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) for agreeing to early discussions on a contract extension. The letter also applauds PMA (the employers) for proposing a three-year contract extension offer, and urges ILWU members (the longshoremen) to accept the offer when they vote on the proposal later this summer. The current West Coast port labor contract expires July 1, 2019.