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TGA Fights to Protect NAFTA’s Cross-Border Mexican Trucking Provisions

TGA Fights to Protect NAFTA’s Cross-Border Mexican Trucking Provisions

On November 14, TGA joined with more than 100 trade associations in sending a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer urging him to maintain NAFTA’s cross-border trucking provisions in any renegotiated agreement. The letter comes in response to reports that the Trump administration was considering new restrictions against Mexican long-haul truckers.

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 backpacks, wallets, luggage tags, diaper bags, travel container sets, card holders, cosmetic totes, and cosmetic bags in California that contained di (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) 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.

Members of Congress Urge Leaders to Renew GSP As Trump Administration Expresses Support

Members of Congress Urge Leaders to Renew GSP As Trump Administration Expresses Support

On October 30, a bipartisan group of 38 members of Congress urged Congressional leaders to quickly renew the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) trade preference program. The letter came shortly after the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) announced new enforcement priorities for the GSP program, launching a review of GSP-eligible country compliance with the investment, labor, intellectual property (IP), and other requirements under the GSP program. The three-year enforcement plan implies the Trump administration’s support for the long-term renewal of the GSP program. Under GSP, U.S. imports of travel goods from the Philippines, Thailand, India, Indonesia, Cambodia, and most other developing counties (except China or Vietnam) enter the U.S. duty-free. TGA fought hard to include travel goods in the GSP program and continues to lobby Congress to renew GSP as soon as possible.