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Industry News: Coming at Light Speed

Industry News: Coming at Light Speed

The new issue of Travel Goods Showcase, the industry’s premier news source, hits inboxes – not mailboxes – in June. That’s right, Showcase just stepped up to an all-digital format, so you’ll reap the benefits of electronic presentation and lightspeed digital delivery. That means more timeliness and the ability to provide more in-depth coverage when warranted, without the constraints of page dimensions and printing schedules. Get the full scoop on the all-digital Showcase here, and discover the new advertising possibilities it presents here.

Curbside Pickup, Local Delivery and Other New Retail Strategies

Curbside Pickup, Local Delivery and Other New Retail Strategies

As parts of the country explore opening up, local delivery and curbside pickup will become part of the new retail lexicon. Explore this Stand Up 4 Retail webinar about best practices around this new normal, and find other COVID-19 news and resources at TGA’s COVID-19 News and Resources web page. It’s an ever-shifting landscape, and now more than ever it pays to stay informed.

A Smart Pivot Around COVID-19

A Smart Pivot Around COVID-19

The world is rallying around the COVID-19 response, and so is the travel goods industry. Companies springing into action to produce personal protective equipment and other items to combat COVID-19 include AVIATOR USA, Everest Trading, Prima USA Travel, Kalencom, KeySmart, World Richman Mfg. and YaY Novelty. Read about these companies, and their products, on TGA’s resource list. And please let us know about your COVID-19 efforts! Contact Cathy Trecartin, cat@travel-goods.org, 877-842-1938, x-702.

Leading Travel Goods CEOs Call on President/Congress to Take Action to Help Industry

Leading Travel Goods CEOs Call on President/Congress to Take Action to Help Industry

Today, May 7, 30 leading travel goods CEOs sent a letter to President Trump and Congress urging them to 1) fix the duty deferral so it helps our industry and 2) reconsider denied tariff exclusion petitions on travel goods (particularly luggage) under the Tranche 3 China 301 tariffs. The letter focuses on the unique nature of the industry and highlights the devastating impact this crisis has had on a small industry, mostly comprised of small businesses who depend on travel.

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

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

On May 4, the U.S. government announced that it has granted new exclusions from the punitive China tariffs for 3 travel goods items (no luggage) – certain MMF backpacks (see description on page 8, #27; see petition), certain MMF sewing machine covers (see description on page 8, #28; see petition), and certain MMF carrying cases (see description on page 8, #29; 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 also denied thousands of petitions over the last week. In fact, USTR has reviewed all but 313 petitions (out of 30,283 petitions submitted) – denying 28,544 petitions to date and only granting 1,426 petitions to date (a 4.7% approval rate). For travel goods, out of 868 petitions filed, USTR has granted only 22 petitions, rejected 865 petitions, with only 3 petitions still pending review (a 2.5% approval rate).

U.S. Government Asks Whether China Tranche 3 Tariff Exclusions Should be Extended Beyond August 7

U.S. Government Asks Whether China Tranche 3 Tariff Exclusions Should be Extended Beyond August 7

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) requests comments on whether to extend the exclusions granted under the China Tranche 3 tariffs beyond the current August 7, 2020 expiration date. USTR has granted exclusions only on 22 specific travel goods items to date, out of 868 petitions (see travel goods exclusions 44-51 on pages 17163-17164, see exclusions 18-24 on pages 23125-23126, see exclusions 27-29 on pages 8-9, see exclusion 5 on page 9922, see exclusions 31-32 on pages 6678-6679, see exclusion 5 on page 550). Under Tranche 3, U.S. travel goods imports from China are subject to 25% punitive tariffs (in addition to normal tariffs), unless they have been granted an exclusion. Comments are due June 8. TGA plans to submit comments in support of extending the exclusions.

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.