China Tariffs: 9/5 TGA Webinar Slide Deck & Recording; Exclusion Process Deadline of September 30; NEED SIGNATORIES for Letter Opposing Tariff Increase to 30%
The deadline to request exclusions from the China tariffs is SEPTEMBER 30. TGA held a September 5 member-only webinar (letter to USTR, webinar recording) detailing the exclusion process (details, web portal) from the China tariffs. TGA strongly encourages interested companies to file their own petitions and/or support existing petitions by filing responses in SUPPORT of petitions.
What’s Smart for Business
Keep an eye on your mailbox for the Business Issue of Travel Goods Showcase, featuring the best in new business products for everyday use and business travel. Business takes place everywhere, and these are the items that let people expand their productivity zone beyond the office. Discover the newest in on-the-go work gear, crack the code on marketing to Millennials, and read about what’s ahead for the newly reinvented 2020 Travel Goods Show in the industry’s #1 trade publication.
Mindfulness is Good Business
Mindfulness is trending, for obvious reasons. With round-the-clock texts, email and omnipresent cell phones, plus the usual distractions of home and work, it’s no surprise people are attracted to moments of peace and focus on the present. Which is precisely what makes The Travel Goods Show good business, drawing the industry together to focus on new products and connections, without a lot of background noise. Exhibiting at The Show is pure focus without distraction, digital or otherwise. Contact Cathy Trecartin and discover how The Show helps you reach new retailers, mindfully – email@example.com, 877-842-1938, x-702.
China Tariffs: Tranche 3 Exclusion Process Now Open, First Travel Goods Petitions Rejected as # of Petitions Grow, Process Closes September 30
On June 30, the U.S. government opened the portal to request exclusions (details, web portal) from Tranche 3 tariffs, including the 25% tariffs on travel goods. As of August 14, 20 companies have filed a combined 81 petitions requesting exclusions for certain types of travel goods (out of a total 6,852 petitions filed to date). Please go to the TGA/AAFA July 2 webinar on the exclusion process for more details (letter to USTR, webinar recording).There will be a 14-day period, once a petition is live on the portal, during which the public can file a response (in opposition or in support). That means your company can file responses in support. For example, some travel goods petitions were filed on August 14, which means the 14-day response period for those petitions closes August 28. On August 2, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) announced that it had granted exclusions for 15 petitions; none were in the travel goods space. USTR has also denied 94 petitions to date, including 12 in the travel goods space. None of the denied petitions had responses in support of the petition. Regrettably, two of them were denied even though there was no opposition. Further, many were denied not because there was U.S. production but because of production in another third country, which appears to undermine the stated purpose of the exclusion process. Nevertheless, TGA strongly encourages interested companies to continue to file their own petitions and/or SUPPORT existing petitions by filing responses in support of the petitions we file. The deadline to file petitions is September 30.
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The 2020 Show: More Focus + New Format
The 2020 Travel Goods Show is going to a new 2-day format for 2020 with extended hours: Wednesday, March 4 – Thursday, March 5, from 8:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m. This gives the industry’s premier event more focused energy, saves money for attendees and exhibitors alike, and provides more impact and outreach opportunities. Get the details now at travel-goods.org/show-changes.
||January 25, 2019 – Travel professionals only
January 26-27, 2019 – Consumers and travel pros
||Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, New York City
||$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; firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Media Contact: Kate Ryan, email@example.com, 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, firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.