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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.

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.