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The Cold Call Antidote

The Cold Call Antidote

If you’re not exposed to new buyers and contacts, your business stagnates. A booth at The International Travel Goods Show is the very opposite of a cold call, reaching retailers when they’re most receptive to new potential brands. And exhibiting at The Show plants your brand’s flag amidst the most targeted audience in travel gear – it’s a positive message for existing customers and potential new ones, too. Discover why established brands and startups alike call The Show integral to their success – contact Cathy Hays, cathy@travel-goods.org, 877-842-1938, x-707 today.

President Trump Targets Travel Goods in New $200B China Tariff Retaliation List

President Trump Targets Travel Goods in New $200B China Tariff Retaliation List

On Tuesday, the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) published a new list of $200 billion worth of U.S. imports from China that President Trump is proposing will be subject to a 10% retaliatory tariff. The list includes all U.S. travel goods imports from China. If imposed, the 10% tariff would be added to the existing high tariffs on imported travel goods from China. President Trump promised in June to develop this list if China persisted in retaliating, which it did on Friday. This new punitive tariff has not yet been implemented, and you can help. The public will have an opportunity to comment on this new list with hearings planned in Washington, DC for August 20-23. The due date to request to testify at the hearing is July 27, and the due date for written comments is August 17. The due date for rebuttal comments is August 30. Based on the timeline for implementation of the list, President Trump could impose the punitive duties on this list as soon as early October. TGA will strongly oppose the inclusion of travel goods on the $200 billion list during the comments process. TGA will continue to keep members apprised of this fast-moving situation. Please contact TGA’s Nate Herman at 202-853-9351 or nate@travel-goods.org if you wish to share anecdotes, have any questions, or would like additional information.

TGA Needs Your Feedback – Trump GSP Country Review of India, Indonesia, and Thailand

TGA Needs Your Feedback – Trump GSP Country Review of India, Indonesia, and Thailand

The threat of punitive duties against U.S. travel goods imports from China comes as the Trump administration is in the midst of an administrative review to determine whether India, Indonesia, and Thailand should lose their benefits under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program. All three countries have become major alternatives to China for travel goods. TGA testified in opposition to the withdraw of GSP benefits. We need TGA members to provide anecdotes by July 16 about how withdrawing GSP benefits for India, Indonesia, and Thailand would impact your business and your workers. These anecdotes are critical to convince President Trump to not remove GSP benefits for these countries, or, to convince Congress to take action against the withdrawal of GSP benefits.

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 totes, handbags (Notice 1, Notice 2, Notice 3, Notice 4, Notice 5, Notice 6, Notice 7, Notice 8, Notice 9, Notice 10, Notice 11), travel pillows, travel kits/cases (Notice 1, Notice 2, Notice 3), travel bags (Notice 1, Notice 2, Notice 3, Notice 4), luggage tags, planners, accessory bags, wallets (Notice 1, Notice 2, Notice 3, Notice 4, Notice 5), waterproof phone bags (Notice 1, Notice 2), backpacks (Notice 1, Notice 2, Notice 3, Notice 4, Notice 5), swimsuit sacks, and luggage tag sewing kits in California that contained di (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) and/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 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.

A Big Week for Travel

A Big Week for Travel

There’s nothing more freeing than travel, so it’s appropriate this Independence Day holiday set new records for travel volume. This is one of those times our industry gets to shine – and we did, helping millions of people journey by air, highways and more. Another time for us to shine? The International Travel Goods Show, March 26-28, 2019, when the best retailers in travel gather to see the year’s new crop of travel enhancers and packing aids. It pays to plan ahead in travel, and it pays to plan ahead for The Show. Book your exhibit space now, and put your newest items on show in front of retail buyers with real bottom-line influence. Contact Cathy Hays, cathy@travel-goods.org, 877-842-1938, x-707 today.

Trump Threatens More Tariff Action Against China

Trump Threatens More Tariff Action Against China

On June 18, President Donald Trump announced that, in retaliation for China retaliating against his retaliation, he has ordered the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) to develop a list of $200 billion worth of U.S. imports from China on which to impose an additional 10% duty. If China retaliates, Trump threatened to impose duties on an additional $200 billion worth of U.S. imports from China. USTR announced that the proposed $200 billion retaliation list will go through a public comment period this summer before being implemented. The duties are in addition to the 25% duties President Trump announced he will impose on $36 billion worth of U.S. imports from China on July 6. While TGA was successful in keeping travel goods off the initial $36 billion list, it is unclear whether travel goods will be on the $200 billion list.

Make Our PR Your PR

Make Our PR Your PR

Want to be featured in The Washington Post or the Los Angeles Times? How about Money Inc., CNBC, Business News Daily or Fox News? These are just some of the media outlets that have showcased TGA member products in the past weeks, thanks to the free member benefit of TGA’s media outreach. It’s easy to get in on the action – simply copy Kate Ryan on your press releases and keep her up-to-date on your product news, so she can seed your info with the right outlet, at the right time. Contact Kate at 774-929-5223, kate@kateryanpr.com.

TGA Press Release

Media Contact: Kate Ryan, kate@kateryanpr.com, 774-929-5223

(Princeton, New Jersey) The International Travel Goods Show is the travel goods industry’s annual snapshot of what’s trending, hip and hot; and the Wrap-up and Review Issue of Travel Goods Showcase is the next best thing to being there. The Show is the preeminent showcase for the everyday items and specialty travel products people rely on every time they leave the house – thousands of items, from hundreds of brands, made their debuts on the world stage that is The Show.

Standout stories from the upcoming issue include:

  • The BIG Trends – Next-gen travel organizers streamline packing at home and on the go; wheels get bigger; luggage (and people!) get self-powered and mobile; color and styling trends; the rise of anti-theft; the wearable carry-on category; and more product trends from The Show.
  • Showpiece Products – Trend-setting items, from the latest designer offerings, luggage with charging ports that can drive themselves (and you along with them), to in-flight comfort, on-the-go theft proofing, and the new crop of everyday accessories and streetwise carry-alls.
  • Retailer Impressions – Our boots-on-the-ground reportage of what resonated with retailers: the brands, items and personalities that left the deepest imprint, and will have real impact on the retail landscape this travel season.
  • Award-winning Products, Companies and People – The best in innovative new travel products; saving the Earth’s waterways; a genocide survivor’s efforts to write a brighter history; the most-talked-about new products and the best booths at The Show.
  • State of the U.S. Travel Goods Market – Analyzing the big product shifts, and what they mean. The product categories that are on the move, upward (as much as 50%) and downward: luggage, business/computer bags, sports bags, backpacks, locks and personal leather goods.

Travel goods are today’s everyday essentials, the items you never go anywhere without. They’re the must-have products that enhance comfort and convenience on cross-town errands and far-flung adventures. And the Wrap-up and Review Issue of Travel Goods Showcase is your guidebook to this year’s trending items, brands and travel goods personalities.

Look for the new issue of Travel Goods Showcase in your mailbox soon.

Please contact Kate Ryan, kate@kateryanpr.com, for contact info, or to help with questions regarding items and articles from this issue.

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The Travel Goods Association is the world’s largest trade association for travel goods, representing manufacturers, distributors and retailers of luggage and travel products, casual bags, business cases and travel accessories which in 2017 was a $31.3 billion market in the United States alone. TGA sponsors The International Travel Goods Show, the world’s largest trade show devoted to travel products, and publishes Travel Goods Showcase, the voice of the travel goods industry.