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China Tariffs Now at 25%…Sort of

China Tariffs Now at 25%…Sort of

On May 10, President Trump increased the punitive tariffs on U.S. imports of travel goods from China from 10% to 25%. However, according to the Federal Register notice and CSMS messages from U.S. Customs and Border Protection – 236 and 238:

  • For goods entered (imported into the U.S.) before 12:01 AM (Eastern) on Friday, May 10, the punitive tariff remains at 10%.
  • For goods that were exported from China before 12:01 AM (Eastern) on Friday, May 10, and entered (imported into the U.S.) before Saturday, June 1, the punitive tariff remains at 10%.
  • To use this special duty rate, which is intended to provide relief from the duty increase for goods already on the water before May 10, the Trump administration has established a special temporary Harmonized Tariff System (HTS) number of HTS 9903.88.09.
  • For goods entered (imported into the U.S.) on or after Saturday, June 1, regardless of when they are exported, the punitive tariff is 25%.

Remember that the punitive tariff on U.S. travel goods imports from China is on top of normal tariffs. Example: normal tariff on U.S. import textile luggage or backpacks is 17.6%. With the 25% punitive tariff, the total tariff on U.S. imports of textile luggage or backpacks from China goes up to 42.6% (17.6% normal tariff + 25% punitive tariff). Today, 82% of all travel goods sold in the U.S. are from China. We need you to raise your voices now in opposition to the new China Tariffs.

You can send a letter to your elected members of Congress and the President by clicking here to use TGA’s partner, the AAFA Legislative Action Center. If you want to speak to the media to share your stories about how tariffs have affected you, please contact TGA’s Nate Herman at

Real Engagement. Real Results.

Real Engagement. Real Results.

The Travel Goods Show is the best place to engage with retailers in real space, to give them hands-on experience with your new items. Don’t settle for an online sales presentation and remote contact when you can come to New Orleans March 3-5, 2020, and get face time with the best retailers from more than 35 countries. This is one of the world’s great travel destinations, and it’s sure to draw passionate retailers, the ones you’ll want to champion your new items. Get with The Show. Contact Cathy Trecartin,, 877-842-1938, x-702, and take advantage of early-bird rates of $10 sq. ft. for TGA members!

NOLA is the Ticket for The 2020 Travel Goods Show

NOLA is the Ticket for The 2020 Travel Goods Show

The Travel Goods Show is headed for New Orleans, one of the world’s great destination cities. Come for the planet’s best showcase for travel products, stay for world famous cuisine, music, culture and history, in one of the oldest European settlements in America. This will be a huge retailer draw you won’t want to miss – and now is the time to book space on the all-new floor plan while the early-bird discount is still in effect. Contact Cathy Trecartin,, 877-842-1938, x-702 and start building your 2020 sales momentum now.

U.S. Travel Goods Imports from India Could Lose GSP Status, Face Tariffs as Soon as May 4

U.S. Travel Goods Imports from India Could Lose GSP Status, Face Tariffs as Soon as May 4

President Trump could issue a proclamation as soon as May 4 to withdraw Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) benefits from India and Turkey and impose full tariffs on U.S. travel goods imports from those countries. Despite protests from TGA, the business community (April 12 and April 4 letters), multiple members of Congress, and India itself, President Trump seems prepared to follow through on his March 4 announcement to withdraw benefits. India is the 3rd-largest supplier of travel goods to the U.S. market. Under GSP, U.S. imports of travel goods can enter the U.S. duty-free from most developing countries, including India, Cambodia, Indonesia, Pakistan, and Thailand. TGA worked for many years to convince Congress and two Presidents to add travel goods to GSP back in 2016-2017 and will continue to fight to protect those benefits.

Let’s Boost Your Social Networks

Let’s Boost Your Social Networks

TGA’s social media is on a roll, which means yours could be too. During Show week our Facebook impressions were at an all time high, up 228% over the previous high-water mark. We doubled our followers and had 10,299 impressions on Instagram. And we lit up the Twitter board with 17,785 hits, with more than 1,300 on one tweet alone. Let’s help each other – link up with @TravelGoodsAssociation on Facebook, @TravelGoodsShow on Twitter, and @travelgoodsassoc on Instagram and let’s boost our online social standing.

Now Viewing: Award-Winning All Stars

Now Viewing: Award-Winning All Stars

The awards presentation videos from this year’s TGA Awards Ceremony are posted to TGA’s YouTube channel. Have a look, and get inspired by this year’s winners:

  • Community Service Award: Randa Luggage
  • Product Innovation Awards: Airhook, FUGU Luggage, Get Set Luggage, LiteGear Design, Nomatic
  • Buzz Award: Briggs & Riley
  • Best Booth Winners: Bracketron, Brookstone, Matador

And make plans to join us in person for the 2020 edition, March 3-5, in one of America’s most fabulous tourist destinations: New Orleans.

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.