TGA Urges President Biden to Prevent Rail Strike

On October 27, TGA joined over 300 business organizations in urging President Biden to prevent a rail strike. On October 26, the Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen voted 61% to 39% to become the second rail union to reject the rail contract. To date, 6 of the 12 rail unions have ratified the contract, with four more unions, […]

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We Need You to Lobby/Contact Congress to Urge Congress to Approve GSP Renewal/Relief ASAP

We need you, your staff, your colleagues, your friends, and your family to urge Congress to approve the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program this year, or provide immediate relief. It only takes 2 minutes to send letters to your members of Congress. TGA is conducting a series of virtual (Zoom) lobbying meetings with Congressional offices […]

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Union Rejects Rail Contract, Creating Uncertainty — Tell Congress to Prevent a Rail Strike

On October 10, the Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employees Division (BMWED), which represents 12,000 of the 110,000 total rail workers, rejected a tentative contract with the railroads (BMWED announcement, railroad response). The two sides will try to negotiate a new contract during the cooling off period, which ends November 14. The union could call a […]

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TGA Urges Renewal of China Section 301 Tariff Exclusion Process

On October 4, TGA joined 171 other industry groups in urging the Biden administration to renew the China Section 301 tariff exclusion process. U.S. travel goods imports from China today are still subject to 25% punitive tariffs. As of September 14, American companies paid more China Section 301 duties under the Biden administration than under the Trump […]

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We Need You to Urge Congress to Approve GSP Renewal/Relief ASAP

We need you, your staff, your colleagues, your friends, and your family to urge Congress to approve the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program this year, or provide immediate relief. It only takes 2 minutes to send letters to your members of Congress. GSP has now been expired for 20 months. Short of renewal, TGA urges Congress to […]

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TGA Urges U.S. Government to Address False Leather Claims Online

On September 28, TGA urged the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to investigate widespread false leather claims for products sold on the Amazon marketplace. The letter argues that products making false leather claims have an unfair competitive advantage over TGA members when members are already facing the twin challenge of a supply chain crisis and rising inflation.

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Draft TGA Letter Urging U.S. Government to Address False Leather Claims Online — Need Feedback and More Examples

TGA has drafted a letter urging the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to investigate widespread false leather claims for products sold on the Amazon marketplace. The letter argues the products making false leather claims have an unfair competitive advantage over TGA members when members are already facing the twin challenge of a supply chain crisis and rising inflation. […]

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Travel Goods Industry Calls on Congress to Pass GSP “Refund-Only” Bill ASAP as Industry Grapples with Supply Chain Crisis and Inflation

WASHINGTON, D.C. — September 21, 2022 — The Travel Goods Association (TGA) applauds Monday night’s introduction of the GSP “Refund-Only” Bill (H.R. 8906) in Congress. The GSP “Refund-Only” Bill would refund more than $700 million in tariffs paid ON luggage, handbags, backpacks, cases, wallets, and hundreds of other products due to the expiration of the […]

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September 20 GSP Lobby Day in Washington, D.C. and New GSP Legislation

On September 20, the Coalition for GSP — of which TGA is a member — will hold a lobby day in Washington, D.C. It is open to all U.S. importers and there is no cost to attend, so we strongly encourage you to participate and share the importance of GSP to your company. If you can attend, […]

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A Fall Preview

We had an interesting summer as an industry. Despite many headaches for our customers, travel this summer returned with a vengeance. And everyone went back to school in person this fall, leading to brisk sales of backpacks and related gear. This great news remains tempered, however, by ongoing congestion issues, high tariffs caused by Congress’ […]

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