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Trump Announces Withdrawal of GSP Travel Goods Benefits for India and Turkey

Trump Announces Withdrawal of GSP Travel Goods Benefits for India and Turkey

This week, President Trump announced the withdrawal of benefits for India and Turkey under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program. GSP allows U.S. imports of travel goods from most developing countries to enter the U.S. duty-free. The March 4 announcement starts a 60-day clock, which means benefits cannot be removed earlier than May 3, 2019. GSP withdrawal affects about $300 million worth of U.S. travel goods imports from the two countries, $287 million of which is India. President Trump chose to remove India’s GSP benefits because, “India has not assured the United States that it will provide equitable and reasonable access to the markets of India.” Click the following hyperlinks for the latest U.S. travel goods import data, including volume and value of U.S. imports from GSP countries, broken down by category: luggage, brief/computer cases, handbags, backpacks, travel/sports bags, and flatgoods.

During the 60-day period, TGA will urge the Trump administration to reverse its decision on India. No information is available yet on President Trump’s pending GSP reviews for other countries – namely Indonesia and Thailand – which are also key sources of travel goods. TGA will provide more information as it becomes available.

Trump Keeps Punitive Tariffs on U.S. Travel Goods from China at 10% “Until Further Notice”

Trump Keeps Punitive Tariffs on U.S. Travel Goods from China at 10% “Until Further Notice”

Earlier this week, the Trump administration finally issued the official notice that punitive tariffs on U.S. travel goods imports from China will remain at 10% “until further notice.” Trump had previously announced that punitive tariffs would increase to 25% on March 2. Even though the official notice wasn’t published until March 5, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) thankfully issued a February 28 CSMS message announcing it had already reprogrammed their systems to keep the punitive tariff at 10%. President Trump announced the delay in the increase as negotiations continue between the U.S. and China on a deal to end the China trade war. President Trump and Chinese President Xi have tentatively scheduled a March 27 meeting at Mar-a-Lago to finalize a deal. TGA, as part of Americans for Free Trade (@TariffsHurt), continues to fight the tariffs.

TGA Announces 2019 Community Service Award Winner: Randa Luggage

TGA Announces 2019 Community Service Award Winner: Randa Luggage

The TGA Awards Committee has selected Randa Luggage as the recipient of the 2019 Community Service Award. Randa will be honored at the upcoming TGA Awards Ceremony for their company-wide support of two organizations – Eva’s Village, a community kitchen which serves lunch to local communities in need, and Operation Backpack® which helps provide homeless children with new backpacks and school supplies at the beginning of the school year. Also celebrated at the TGA Awards Ceremony will be the winners of the five Product Innovation Awards and the Best Booth and Buzz Awards. Join us on Wednesday, March 27 at 5:30 p.m. on the main concourse of the Las Vegas Convention Center Central Halls to honor the people, companies and products that are changing travel and making the world a better place.

Hosting an Event at The Show?

Hosting an Event at The Show?

Are you planning a booth event at The Show? If so, we want to hear about it so we can help you make a splash on the floor! Please send event details, including:
• Event Name
• Booth Number
• Date and Time
• Event Description

We’ll post your event details to the Show website, promote via social media, and remind attending media in the Press Room to stop by the day of your event. Please send exhibitor-hosted event details to Kate Ryan,

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.