China Tariffs – Tranche 3 Exclusion Process Now Open – Closes September 30
On June 30, the U.S. government opened the portal to request exclusions (details, web portal) from Tranche 3 tariffs, including the 25% tariffs on travel goods. As of July 10, 4 companies have filed a combined 28 petitions requesting exclusions for certain types of travel goods (out of a total 367 petitions). Please go to the TGA/AAFA July 2 webinar on the exclusion process for more details (letter to USTR, webinar recording). There will be a 14-day period, once a petition is live on the portal, during which the public can file a response (in opposition or in support). That means your company can file responses in support (or in opposition). For example, most of the travel goods petitions were filed on July 1, which means the 14-day response period for those petitions closes July 15. The deadline for petitions is September 30. You will hear more from TGA in the next few weeks on the exclusion process.
TGA Opposes Tariffs at U.S. Government China Hearing
In planned testimony before the U.S. government at the June 17-25 China tariff hearings, TGA will explain the significant impact the now 25% punitive tariffs on U.S. travel goods imports from China has had on our industry, our 100,000 American workers, and our consumers – hardworking American families. TGA will testify on June 25, culminating testimony from over 320 witnesses overwhelmingly opposed to the tariffs. That testimony, combined with thousands of written comments, condemns the current and proposed punitive tariffs on all U.S. imports from China. We need you to provide anecdotes on how the tariffs have impacted your company, your workers, and your consumers – lower sales, higher prices, layoffs, etc. – for use in TGA’s testimony when they testify on June 25. The anecdotes can be anonymous. Please provide to TGA’s Nate Herman by June 23.
President Trump Pulls India’s GSP Benefits Effective June 5
Last week, President Trump issued a proclamation withdrawing Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) benefits for India effective June 5. That means that as of yesterday, U.S. imports of travel goods and accessories from India are no longer duty-free. Instead, they now face normal tariffs on travel goods, which range from 8% on leather goods to 17.6-20% on textile and hardsided goods. President Trump continues to review GSP benefits for two other major travel goods suppliers – Indonesia and Thailand. TGA will continue to fight against removal of benefits for those countries.