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Make Plans to See and Be Seen

Make Plans to See and Be Seen

The International Travel Goods Show is a mere month away – April 5-7, 2017 in sunny Las Vegas, NV. More new products and new brands debut here than any other event. This is the biggest gathering of travel goods companies and retailers on the planet. Register to attend and book your room, and join the world’s leading travel goods retailers and companies for the event that launches the 2017 sales season.

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Show Off in the Most-Visited Exhibit in Travel Goods

Show Off in the Most-Visited Exhibit in Travel Goods

The New Products Pavilion is the most-visited booth at The International Travel Goods Show, the largest gathering of travel goods retailers on the planet. Put your new items in front of the retailers who can most influence your sales for 2017, at the first stop for most retailers and every visiting journalist. It’s a proven way to drive traffic to your booth – plus it’s the nominating pool for the TGA Product Innovation Award and Buzz Award, which can provide a significant sales bump for the whole year. Sign up now, and get the most from your Show exhibit experience.

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More California Proposition 65 Notices Issued

More California Proposition 65 Notices Issued

Since the beginning of 2017, new “60-day” notices have been issued alleging that brands and retailers sold Backpacks, Running Packs, Toiletry Bags, Vinyl/PVC Cases, Phone Handbags, and Messenger Bags in California that contained Diisononyl phthalate (DINP) and 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.

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Market with More Reach, Greater Impact, and Bigger Discounts

Market with More Reach, Greater Impact, and Bigger Discounts

Give yourself a big footprint at The International Travel Goods Show. Multi-channel promotion in Travel Goods Showcase magazine, the Travel Goods Product Guide and the New Products Pavilion provides huge promotional opportunities and big savings – and this is your last chance to save. Visit the special Show promotions page today to view all the options. Or contact Cathy Trecartin to put together a custom package for maximum impact: cttga@aol.com, 877-842-1938, x-702.

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Call to Action! Oppose the Border Adjustability Tax (BAT)

Call to Action! Oppose the Border Adjustability Tax (BAT)

The fight over the House Republican proposal to impose a new border adjustability tax (BAT) as part of larger corporate tax reform has heated up over the last week. The new TGA-supported Americans for Affordable Products Coalition has hit the ground running, informing American consumers, the Trump administration, and Congress on the negative impact of the proposed BAT. We need you to join the thousands of people who have already contacted their members of Congress in opposition to the BAT. We need you – and all of your colleagues – to send as many emails as possible to convince Congress that this is a bad idea. To contact your members of Congress, click here. It only takes a few minutes.

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TGA Announces Opposition to Border Adjustment Tax Even as Trump and House Republicans Continue to Push It

TGA Announces Opposition to Border Adjustment Tax Even as Trump and House Republicans Continue to Push It

House Republicans continue to push the Border Adjustment Tax (BAT) as part of their “A Better Way” corporate tax reform proposal. Recently, President Trump has made cryptic signals of support, although Trump’s Press Secretary has conflated the BAT with a border tariff describing Trump’s support. Under the House Republican proposal, corporate tax rates would drop from 37.5% to 20%. However, to help cover the loss in revenue, the House proposal would also impose a Border Adjustment Tax. Under BAT (BAT explained – Example 1, Example 2), imported materials and products would no longer be allowed to be deducted as part of a company’s Cost of Goods Sold (COGS). As a result, with 99% of travel goods sold in the U.S. being imported, a travel goods company’s tax base would increase dramatically under the proposal, even as the tax rate they pay on that base declines. For many companies, that means the resulting tax bill would be 3-4 times their current tax bill, in many cases, more than their profit (estimate your new tax here). As a result, TGA has joined large swaths of the U.S. business community in the new Border Adjustment Tax (BAT) Coalition to strongly oppose the BAT proposal. Congress is expected to consider corporate tax reform later this year. We need you to speak up. Click here to tell your members of Congress to oppose the BAT proposal.

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TPP is Officially Dead

TPP is Officially Dead

On January 30, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) officially withdrew from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Free Trade Agreement, a proposed FTA between the U.S. and 11 other countries, including Vietnam and Japan. The formal withdrawal came after President Trump fulfilled his campaign promise to withdraw from the TPP during his first full day in office. If TPP had been implemented, travel goods from Vietnam and all other TPP countries would have been able to enter the U.S. duty-free under very flexible rules of origin. In its stead, key Trump officials have proposed beginning aggressive negotiations towards bilateral FTAs with certain countries. Please note that TPP took over five years to negotiate.

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GSP Travel Goods – TGA Continues Fight to Expand Eligible Countries

GSP Travel Goods – TGA Continues Fight to Expand Eligible Countries

On January 20, former President Barack Obama left office without expanding the list of developing countries eligible to bring travel goods in duty-free to the U.S. under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) trade preference program. Today, only U.S. travel goods imports from the least-developed countries, like Cambodia and Myanmar, and sub-Saharan African countries can enter duty-free under the GSP program. Despite not acting before leaving office, the outgoing administration did leave a recommendation for President Donald Trump to expand duty-free access for travel goods to all GSP-eligible countries, including Thailand, the Philippines, Indonesia, India, and others. As a result, TGA continues to lobby for the new Trump administration to proclaim U.S. imports of travel goods duty-free from all GSP countries as soon as possible.

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Who’s Your Travel Goods Hero?

Who’s Your Travel Goods Hero?

The TGA Award recognizes an individual for professional achievement, exemplary values and advancing the cause of the Travel Goods Association and the industry at large. Nominate your industry hero, and help us give kudos to someone who is setting a good example for us all. Please note: the nomination deadline is Wednesday, February 1, 2017 – so don’t delay, fill out the TGA Award nomination form today.