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Working for You

Working for You

This is no time to sit still. We know you’re hustling as best you can with the current health crisis and economic fallout. We are too. TGA’s efforts in D.C. ensure we have a voice in the economic policy being crafted to aid industry and small business, and we’ll maintain that pressure for as long as it takes. Keep up with our D.C. news on the Industry Updates: COVID-19 page on the TGA Website, and know that we’re alongside you for the duration.

TGA Continues to Push for Relief for Industry

TGA Continues to Push for Relief for Industry

On March 21, TGA joined dozens of organizations in urging President Trump and Congress of the critical need for financial support for the industry during these trying times. The letter followed a March 20 letter from the travel goods, apparel, and footwear industries urging the Trump administration to take quick action to help the industry, including access to capital and credit and tariff relief. Moreover, TGA has convinced U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to provide temporarily deferral of tariff payments on a case-by-case basis for the industry (Contact TGA’s Nate Herman for more information). TGA continues to work on a longer-term blanket duty deferral that we hope will be announced shortly.

U.S. Government Announces More China Tariff Exclusions for Travel Goods

U.S. Government Announces More China Tariff Exclusions for Travel Goods

This week, the U.S. government announced that it has granted new exclusions from the punitive China tariffs for 8 travel goods items (NO luggage) – certain backpacks and duffel bags made of hemp and organic cotton (see description on page 8, #44) (see petition),
certain man-made fiber backpacks (see description on page 8, #45) (see petition), certain fishing tackle bags (see description on page 8, #46) (see petition), certain surfboard covers (see description on page 8, #47) (see petition), certain tote bags with printing (see description on Page 8, #48) (see petition), certain storage bags for powersport vehicles (see description on Page 8, #49) (see petition), certain belt pouches/holsters (see description on page 8, #50) (see petition), and certain gun cases (boots) (see description on page 8, #51) (see petition). Anyone importing products matching these descriptions no longer pay the punitive 25% tariff (until Aug. 7, 2020). Previous tariffs paid are eligible for refunds, retroactive to Sept. 24, 2018. The U.S. government denied thousands of petitions over the last week. In fact, USTR has reviewed all by 3,233 petitions (out of 30,283 petitions submitted) – denying 25,730 petitions to date and only granting 1,017 petitions to date (a 3.4% approval rate). For travel goods, out of 863 petitions filed, USTR has granted only 12 petitions, rejected 679 petitions, with 172 petitions still pending review.

Member Elert: TGA’s Efforts on Your Behalf

Member Elert: TGA’s Efforts on Your Behalf

Dear TGA Member,

First and foremost, your safety and health – and the health of your family and colleagues – is of the utmost importance to the Travel Goods Association (TGA), especially in these times of uncertainty.

The severe economic impact of the coronavirus on our industry is undeniable. From the grounding of travel, to slowdowns in our supply chains, to the systemic retail shutdowns across the country – our economy and industry is one of the hardest-hit. And even though many of you are having revenue challenges, we know that you still have expenses to pay, from personnel and product to rent and utilities.

The future of our industry is at stake. We want you to know that the Travel Goods Association is fighting for you, and fighting for our industry, every day.

Over the last week, TGA has actively lobbied Congress and the Trump administration for:

  • Duty deferral – contact Nate Herman to learn how to contact Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to defer your duty payments
  • Tariff relief – immediate elimination of all punitive tariffs on U.S. travel goods imports from China and immediate refund of all punitive tariffs paid to date
  • Greater access to capital – injecting much needed liquidity into the system
  • Tax credits to keep workers on payrolls
  • Financial assistance to small businesses

TGA is working with coalitions large and small to achieve these goals (liquidity letter, Americans for Free Trade (AFT) letter to administration, consumer goods industry letter, AFT letter to Congress). We will continue to do so until we obtain much needed relief for our industry, and will be in touch when we have updates for you.

Until then, stay safe and healthy – and know that we are advocating on your behalf. You’re not in this alone.

Michele Marini Pittenger
Travel Goods Association

Thank You for Putting on a SHOW

Thank You for Putting on a SHOW

TGA would like to extend a BIG thank you to everyone present at this year’s Travel Goods Show – attendees and exhibitors alike. Thank you for remaining undeterred in the face of difficulties such as China tariffs and trade war uncertainty, an unfamiliar host city, and the challenges surrounding COVID-19. You practiced what we preach, as an industry of travel encouragers and enablers, and brought a tangible, can-do attitude to The Show. As a whole, feedback received so far is overwhelmingly positive, and we hope your New Orleans experience reflects that. Please help make next year even better – fill out the Post-Show Survey invitation that was sent to you earlier this week. And know that we’re very grateful for your participation this year. We’ll see you next year when The Show returns to Las Vegas Feb. 28-March 2, 2021!

Product Innovation Award Winners Revealed at The 2020 Travel Goods Show

Product Innovation Award Winners Revealed at The 2020 Travel Goods Show

The year’s best new travel items made their debut at The Travel Goods Show, the travel goods industry’s annual gathering. After serious deliberation, the Travel Goods Association’s panel of expert retailers selected the following standouts from this year’s crop of new travel products as TGA Product Innovation Award Winners:

  • Best Use of Technology: AeroPress Go Travel Coffee Press – makes Americano, espresso and cold brew coffee in 1-2 minutes, and fits in its own travel cup.
  • Best New Luggage: Rollink Flex 21” – hardside rolling cabin-size suitcase that folds flat, to a slim two inches, for storage.
  • Best New Backpack: Standley Leanbag – kick back with this day-size backpack that converts into a seat with backrest, with retractable aluminum stand and waterproof sit pad.
  • Best New Travel Accessory: Uno Travel Pillow – gel-infused, high-density hydrophilic memory foam pillow with ergonomic shape and near-360º support.
  • Best Eco-friendly Product: Lightload Eco Towel – full-size beach towel, compressed to pocket size and more absorbent than cotton or microfiber, thanks to bio-based lyocell material.

The TGA Pavilion at The New York Times Travel Show

Dates: January 25, 2019 – Travel professionals only
January 26-27, 2019 – Consumers and travel pros
Location: Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, New York City
Cost: $3600 for a 10×10 booth


The TGA Pavillion will be a product and branding showpiece, a 20-booth island designed like a shopping mall to stand out from the show’s 600+ exhibitors.

The New York Times Travel Show is an incredible exposure opportunity, and you could take part. Last year’s edition drew 33,782 attendees:

  • 10,268 travel trade professionals (travel agents, meeting planners, hotels, airlines, etc.)
  • 22,130 consumer travelers
  • 1,384 accredited media journalists

The Show is in its 16th year, drawing exhibitors from more than 175 countries and 20,000+ travel enthusiasts who are hungry for info. It’s the only travel show in North America where all attendees – media, consumers and trade alike – are badged to facilitate lead generation.

The show’s TGA Pavilion will showcase 20 of our industry’s finest in front of this curated audience of travel pros and consumer enthusiasts. The 3-day event takes place January 25-27, 2019, at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City. The first day will be restricted to travel professionals; the remaining two days will be open to paying consumers.

TGA Pavilion participation is limited to the first 20 exhibitors. This is a very restricted event and space is extremely limited. To participate, contact Cathy Hays as soon as possible: 877-842-1938, x-707;

Don’t delay – once those 20 spots are spoken for, the TGA Pavilion will be sold out. You don’t want to miss this opportunity, so call now.

TGA Press Release

Media Contact: Kate Ryan,, 774-929-5223

(Princeton, New Jersey) The International Travel Goods Show is the travel goods industry’s annual snapshot of what’s trending, hip and hot; and the Wrap-up and Review Issue of Travel Goods Showcase is the next best thing to being there. The Show is the preeminent showcase for the everyday items and specialty travel products people rely on every time they leave the house – thousands of items, from hundreds of brands, made their debuts on the world stage that is The Show.

Standout stories from the upcoming issue include:

  • The BIG Trends – Next-gen travel organizers streamline packing at home and on the go; wheels get bigger; luggage (and people!) get self-powered and mobile; color and styling trends; the rise of anti-theft; the wearable carry-on category; and more product trends from The Show.
  • Showpiece Products – Trend-setting items, from the latest designer offerings, luggage with charging ports that can drive themselves (and you along with them), to in-flight comfort, on-the-go theft proofing, and the new crop of everyday accessories and streetwise carry-alls.
  • Retailer Impressions – Our boots-on-the-ground reportage of what resonated with retailers: the brands, items and personalities that left the deepest imprint, and will have real impact on the retail landscape this travel season.
  • Award-winning Products, Companies and People – The best in innovative new travel products; saving the Earth’s waterways; a genocide survivor’s efforts to write a brighter history; the most-talked-about new products and the best booths at The Show.
  • State of the U.S. Travel Goods Market – Analyzing the big product shifts, and what they mean. The product categories that are on the move, upward (as much as 50%) and downward: luggage, business/computer bags, sports bags, backpacks, locks and personal leather goods.

Travel goods are today’s everyday essentials, the items you never go anywhere without. They’re the must-have products that enhance comfort and convenience on cross-town errands and far-flung adventures. And the Wrap-up and Review Issue of Travel Goods Showcase is your guidebook to this year’s trending items, brands and travel goods personalities.

Look for the new issue of Travel Goods Showcase in your mailbox soon.

Please contact Kate Ryan,, for contact info, or to help with questions regarding items and articles from this issue.

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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.