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TGA Urges Ports of L.A./Long Beach to Revisit Proposed Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP) Update

TGA Urges Ports of L.A./Long Beach to Revisit Proposed Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP) Update

On September 18, TGA joined dozens of organizations from across the transportation supply chain in sending a letter to the Ports of L.A./Long Beach expressing significant concerns with their proposed Clean Air Action Plan Update (CAAP). The letter cites concerns that the proposal could impose immense costs on all users of the ports, including beneficial cargo owners, without a cost-benefit analysis that it will produce the desired results.

Trade Bill to Move this Fall to Include GSP Renewal & MTB – We Need Your Help!

Trade Bill to Move this Fall to Include GSP Renewal & MTB – We Need Your Help!

Rumors coming out of last week’s North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) negotiating round in Mexico City is that staff for the key Congressional trade committees have agreed to push a trade package this fall or winter that would include renewal of the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program (which expires December 31, 2017), the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB), and an extension of CBTPA preference benefits. Congressional action this fall is critical to continue duty-free benefits under the GSP program for U.S. travel goods imports from developing countries. We need your help! The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) is working with others to get signatures on a dear colleague letter from members of Congress to Congressional leadership urging a vote on GSP renewal ASAP. Please let TGA’s Nate Herman know if you are willing to reach out to your members of Congress to urge them to sign the letter.

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 purses, clear bags, carrying cases, travel jewelry organizers, duffle bags, and cosmetic bags in California that contained di (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP), Di-isodecyl phthalate (DIDP), and/or 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 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.