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TGA Member Elert: China Tariffs Update

TGA Member Elert: China Tariffs Update

Trump Announces 10% Punitive Tariffs on U.S. Imports of Travel Goods from China, Which Will Rise to 25% on January 1

Tariffs Effective September 24

Today, September 17, President Trump announced that he will impose 10% punitive tariffs on U.S. imports of travel goods from China, which will escalate to 25% on January 1, 2019. The tariffs are effective on goods imported into the United States on or after September 24, 2018.

The 10% tariffs are in addition to the tariffs we already pay on U.S. imports of travel goods. That means that if you were paying tariffs of 17.6% on your imports of textile luggage from China, you will now be paying 27.6% (17.6% + 10%) on those same U.S. imports of textile luggage from China. Those tariffs will jump to 42.6% on January 1 (17.6% + 25%).

The announcement, coming less than two weeks after the close of the public comment period on the proposed tariffs, makes a mockery of the public review process, a process launched by the Trump administration. The review process included six days of hearings with testimony from 350 witnesses and written submissions from over 6,000 organizations, most in opposition to the tariffs. TGA, and dozens of our members, testified or submitted written comments opposing the punitive tariffs, with most saying the tariff represents an existential threat to the very future of their companies, regardless of whether tariffs were 10% or 25%. A 10% tariff, which escalates in only three months to 25%, will take a huge toll on our industry.

TGA President Michele Marini Pittenger issued a statement bashing the tariffs, stating that the tariffs, “…demonstrate a complete lack of respect and a blatant disregard for our industry, the 100,000 American workers we employ, and the hardworking American families that use our products every day for school, work, and travel.”

TGA urges members to stand against these tariffs. We urge you, your colleagues, your employees, your family, and your friends to email President Trump and tell him to stop these tariffs. It only takes a minute to send the email.

We also need members to talk to the press to get our story out ASAP on how these punitive tariffs will hurt our industry, our 100,000 American workers, and American consumers. Please contact TGA’s Nate Herman at 202-853-9351 or nate@travel-goods.org if you’d like to talk to the press, if you have questions, or if you would like additional information.

Thanks to everyone who has helped to date. We need your support now, more than ever.

To view TGA’s written submission opposing the proposed tariffs, click here.

For a sampling of public written submissions from U.S. travel goods companies opposing the tariffs, click here: Sample 1, Sample 2, Sample 3, Sample 4, Sample 5, Sample 6, Sample 7, Sample 8, Sample 9, Sample 10, Sample 11, Sample 12, Sample 13.

To view a letter signed by 300 companies, including dozens of U.S. travel goods firms, in opposition to the tariffs, please click here.

TGA Press Release: China Tariffs

TGA Press Release: China Tariffs

Trump Announces 10% Punitive Tariffs on U.S. Imports of Travel Goods from China, Which Will Rise to 25% on January 1

Tariffs Effective September 24

(Princeton, NJ) – September 17, 2018 – Michele Marini Pittenger, President of the Travel Goods Association (TGA), expressed deep disappointment with President Trump’s decision today to move forward with a 10% tariff on all U.S. imports of travel goods – luggage, backpacks, handbags, totes, computer cases, briefcases, and other travel accessories – from China, which will escalate to 25% on January 1, 2019. The U.S. travel goods industry is mostly comprised of small and medium-sized businesses and specialty stores that together employ 100,000 American workers. Today, 84% of all travel goods sold in the United States are imported from China.

“There is no other way to put it, President Trump just imposed a huge new tax on every American consumer, on the items they carry and travel with every day,” said Pittenger. During the public review process, “TGA, and dozens of our members, testified or submitted written comments opposing the punitive tariffs, with most saying the tariffs represent an existential threat to the very future of their companies, regardless of whether tariffs were 10% or 25%,” continued Pittenger. “A 10% tariff, which escalates in only three months to 25%, will take a huge toll on our industry. The unprecendented speed with which these new tariffs will be imposed, in less than a week on September 24, adds further insult to injury by giving our industry no time to adjust. By ignoring our pleas, and imposing the duties so quickly, the Trump administration demonstrates a complete lack of respect and a blatant disregard for our industry, the 100,000 American workers we employ, and the hardworking American families that use our products every day for school, work, and travel.”

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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.