Trade Is Allowed Between the United States and Myanmar…for Now

TGA wishes to clarify this week’s U.S. government announcement on Myanmar (Burma). Many press outlets incorrectly described the announcement as suspending all trade between the U.S. and Myanmar. Trade is still allowed between the United States and Myanmar. Instead, the announcement only suspends trade talks between the U.S. and Myanmar under the U.S./Burma Trade and Investment Framework […]

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President Biden Signs PPP Extension Act Into Law

On March 30, President Biden signed into law the TGA-supported bipartisan PPP Extension Act of 2021, which extends the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) filing deadline by two months, to May 31, to help businesses keep their workforce employed during the current health crisis.

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TGA Urges New U.S. Trade Representative to End Punitive Tariffs on China

On March 18, TGA joined hundreds of other organizations in urging new U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai to end all punitive tariffs on U.S. travel goods imports from China.

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TGA Pushes Congress to Retroactively Renew GSP ASAP, Instructions to Ensure Refund of Duties Paid During Expiration

TGA believes that Congress will retroactively renew the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) trade preference program by the end of the summer. GSP expired on Jan. 1, meaning that U.S. travel goods imports from a wide range of developing countries, including Thailand, Cambodia, Burma (Myanmar), Indonesia, Sri Lanka, the Philippines, and Pakistan, no longer enter […]

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TGA Urges Congress to Approve PPP Extension Act

On March 15, TGA joined with dozens of industries in urging Congress to approve the bipartisan PPP Extension Act of 2021, which would extend the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) filing deadline by two months, to May 31, to help businesses keep their workforce employed during the current health crisis.

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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 luggage (Notice 1), totes (Notice 1, Notice 2), backpacks (Notice 1, Notice 2, Notice 3, Notice 4, Notice 5, Notice 6, Notice 7, Notice 8), crossbody bags (Notice 1), handbags (Notice 1, Notice 2, Notice 3, Notice 4, Notice 5, Notice 6, Notice 7, Notice 8, Notice […]

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TGA Urges Members to Contact their Members of Congress on Shipping Crisis

As shipping delays continue to grow, from Asia, to the U.S. West Coast, and beyond (see Marketplace, NYT, Footwear News, Supply Chain Dive, Sourcing Journal, Loadstar, American Shipper, LA Times), TGA urges members to contact their members of Congress to urge them to address the crisis. The easy-to-use system allows you and your colleagues to send multiple letters to your members of Congress in just […]

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2021 Starts How 2020 Ended for U.S. Travel Goods Imports

On March 5, the U.S. government published January 2021 import data. 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 31.3% (by volume) in Jan. 2021 (versus Jan. 2020). In addition to the obvious impact of COVID-19 on sales and on travel, the […]

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Guidance for Members Sourcing from Myanmar (Burma)

TGA’s sister organization, the American Apparel & Footwear Association, has published detailed guidance for members sourcing from Myanmar (Burma) in light of the recent military coup (see related article below). TGA recommends that any member sourcing from Myanmar review the guidance.

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Coup in Myanmar Should Raise Concerns for Industry

On Jan. 31, the military in Myanmar launched a coup, overthrowing the democratically elected government in the country, and detaining its leaders, including State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi. The coup has led to massive protests. Feb. 1 statements from President Biden and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell implied strong bi-partisan support for U.S. sanctions if the military does not reverse […]

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