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Are You Reading TravelBits?

Are You Reading TravelBits?

When you need a quick overview of travel innovation, or a quirky conversation starter, TravelBits provides bite-size nuggets of knowledge about what’s new in travel. In this edition: Touchless airport delivery, road trip weddings, best wintertime national parks, private eats and private islands, locals to plan your getaway, socially isolated Amtrak Vacations, and JetBlue and American’s smart new (old) partnership. Read the latest TravelBits here.

Member Opportunity Alert: Get Your Product into Travel Goods Showcase

Member Opportunity Alert: Get Your Product into Travel Goods Showcase

In its upcoming issue, Travel Goods Showcase will highlight travel gear items that are helping families adapt to their new remote work and learning routines – and the desperately needed getaways from that routine. If you have the perfect travel gear that will help families adapt to this new normal, we’d love to feature it in the digital pages of Travel Goods Showcase. To be considered for coverage, please email product details, MSRP and product photo to TGA’s Kim Wong by November 4th (deadline extended).

Calling All TGA Members: What’s Your Hot Holiday Gift?

Calling All TGA Members: What’s Your Hot Holiday Gift?

We’re rapidly approaching the holiday season, and TGA is actively working to share our members’ newest products with buyers and media in our 2020 Holiday Gift Guide. If you are an active TGA member, send TGA’s Kate Ryan your soon-to-be hot holiday sellers, and we’ll include your product for editorial consideration. If you’d like to learn more about TGA membership or renew past membership, please contact TGA’s Cathy Trecartin.

U.S. Travel Goods Imports Fall in First 8 Months of 2020 with Imports from China Way Down

U.S. Travel Goods Imports Fall in First 8 Months of 2020 with Imports from China Way Down

On October 6, the U.S. government published import data for August 2020. U.S. Travel Goods Imports (as described under HTS Heading 4202 – click links to get specific import data on luggage, backpacks, flatgoods, handbags, business cases/laptop bags, and travel bags) slid 23.2% (by volume) in the first eight months of 2020. In addition to the obvious impact of COVID-19 on the industry, the latest import numbers show the accelerating trend away from China. In the first eight months of 2020, U.S. travel goods imports from China fell 37.4%, with China accounting for only 58.3% of total U.S. travel goods imports. For comparison, in 2016, China accounted for 84.7% of all U.S. travel goods imports. Meanwhile, despite the pandemic, U.S. travel goods imports from #2 supplier Vietnam (16.4%), #3 Cambodia (30.7%), #4 Burma (Myanmar) (152.4%), and #8 Mexico (10.4%) surged in the first eight months of 2020. In fact, U.S. travel goods imports from Vietnam now account for 18.4% of all U.S. travel goods imports, followed by #3 Cambodia (7.8%), #4 Burma (Myanmar) (3.7%), #5 India (3.2%), and #6 Indonesia (1.5%). U.S. imports of travel goods account for approximately 99% of the U.S. travel goods market.

TGA Urges Congressional Leaders to Reach Stimulus Deal Before Election

TGA Urges Congressional Leaders to Reach Stimulus Deal Before Election

On September 30, TGA joined dozens of other industries in urging Congressional leaders to strike a deal on a new stimulus deal that is critical to sustain the ongoing economic recovery and provide critical assistance for our industry. TGA had previously detailed its priorities for any stimulus package.

XPCC Sanctions Delayed

XPCC Sanctions Delayed

On September 25, the U.S. Treasury Department announced that it delayed the wind-down deadline for its sanctions on the Xinjiang Production & Construction Corps (XPCC) until November 30, 2020. The original deadline was yesterday (Wednesday, Sept. 30). TGA helped lead the effort to delay the sanctions deadline because of the due diligence needed to determine the scope of and potential nexus with XPCC subsidiaries. Note: The wind-down deadline only applies to XPCC subsidiaries; all financial transactions with XPCC itself should have ended July 31, 2020.

Ship by FedEx with TGA – Save More Than 40% Over UPS

Ship by FedEx with TGA – Save More Than 40% Over UPS

“Ship to me” is the new walk-in purchase. And you can ship to customers and enjoy a 40% discount with FedEx and 30% off FedEx Ground through TGA – with an average savings of more than 40% over UPS. There’s no minimum, no fees. And TGA’s shipping program covers LTL and truckload freight with UPS, YRC and other brand-name freight carriers for significant savings with wholesale shipments. Visit the TGA shipping micro-site for details, or contact Cathy Trecartin, cat@travel-goods.org, 877-842-1938, x-702.

Proposed MTB Legislation Could Offer Duty-Free Access for Dozens of Travel Goods Items

Proposed MTB Legislation Could Offer Duty-Free Access for Dozens of Travel Goods Items

Last month, the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) submitted its final report on miscellaneous tariff bill (MTB) petitions it received under the 2016 American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act (AMCA) to Congress. The final report recommends a few dozen travel goods items in MTB legislation that Congress will consider this fall. If approved, the legislation would provide U.S. imports of certain travel goods, and hundreds of other products, temporary duty-free access, no matter the source country. TGA will actively push Congress for passage of the MTB legislation.

U.S. Travel Goods Industry Faces More California Prop 65 Notices; TGA Prop 65 Best Practices Guidance

U.S. Travel Goods Industry Faces More California Prop 65 Notices; TGA Prop 65 Best Practices Guidance

Over the last few months, dozens of new California Proposition 65 (Prop 65) “60-day” notices have been issued alleging that brands and retailers sold totes (Notice 1, Notice 2, Notice 3, Notice 4, Notice 5, Notice 6, Notice 7, Notice 8), luggage tags (Notice 1, Notice 2), crossbody bags (Notice 1, Notice 2, Notice 3, Notice 4, Notice 5, Notice 6, Notice 7, Notice 8), passport/ID/card holders (Notice 1, Notice 2, Notice 3, Notice 4), handbags (Notice 1, Notice 2, Notice 3, Notice 4, Notice 5, Notice 6, Notice 7, Notice 8, Notice 9, Notice 10, Notice 11, Notice 12), wallets (Notice 1, Notice 2, Notice 3), backpacks (Notice 1, Notice 2, Notice 3, Notice 4, Notice 5, Notice 6, Notice 7), cosmetic/toiletry bags (Notice 1, Notice 2, Notice 3, Notice 4, Notice 5, Notice 6, Notice 7, Notice 8, Notice 9, Notice 10, Notice 11, Notice 12, Notice 13, Notice 14), travel/garment cases/bags (Notice 1, Notice 2), phone/tablet cases/holders/sleeves/dry bags (Notice 1, Notice 2, Notice 3, Notice 4, Notice 5), fanny packs (Notice 1), and travel kits (Notice 1) in California that contained di (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP), Bisphenol A (BPA), and/or diisononyl phthalate (DINP) in violation of a California law known as Proposition 65 (Prop 65). The notices serve as intent to bring lawsuits against those that made and sold these products. Check out TGA’s member-only California Proposition 65 (Prop 65) Best Practices Guidance on the Prop 65 page on the TGA website at https://www.travel-goods.org. This member-only guidance details best practices in developing your company’s Prop 65 testing and warning label protocol, including recommendations on which warning label text to use, where to place the warning label text, and how to test for Prop 65 listed chemicals in your products. For more information on Prop 65, please contact TGA’s Nate Herman, nate@travel-goods.org, 202-853-9351.

45,000 Potential New Buyers

45,000 Potential New Buyers

The 2021 Travel Goods Show is scheduled to take place Feb. 28–March 2, co-locating with ASD Market Week in Las Vegas, whose 45,000 retailer attendees will have access to our show. Exhibitor applications are available online at thetravelgoodsshow.org, with special early bird exhibitor discounts applied through October 1, 2020. TGA is also exploring virtual Show alternatives should large gatherings be prohibited during that timeframe, in which case Show fees will be refundable. Book now, secure good placement on the exhibit floor – for details contact Cathy Trecartin, cat@travel-goods.org, 877-842-1938, x-702.