White House Claims Significant Improvements at the Ports as Port Labor Contract Deadline Looms

On Nov. 29, President Biden claimed significant improvements in the shipping crisis, claims that don’t mesh with the reality for our industry. That reality was brought home when, on Nov. 16, the International Longshore & Warehouse Union (ILWU) rejected an employer proposal to extend the current West Coast port labor contract by one year (See exchange of […]

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TGA Urges FMC to Stop Ports of LA/LAB Super Demurrage Fee

TGA joined over 80 organizations in urging the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) to prevent the Ports of Los Angeles/Long Beach from implementing the so-called super demurrage fee on containers stuck at the ports. Every carrier has already stated that they will pass this new fee onto shippers, aka you. On Nov. 22, the Ports of Los Angeles […]

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Need Examples! White House Requests Samples of Material Hardship Due to #ShippingCrisis

In its ongoing conversations with the White House on the shipping crisis, the White House requested evidence of material hardship for importers due to shipping delays. TGA would like to be as responsive as possible. All responses will be anonymous. Example: During 2021 YTD, importer X was forced to pay freight costs, fees, and surcharges of $_____________ […]

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Congress Approves Infrastructure Bill/White House Takes Action

In the early hours of Nov. 6, Congress approved the bipartisan infrastructure package, which President Biden is expected to sign shortly. In response, on Nov. 9, President Biden announced immediate actions to provide critical funding to address underlying port infrastructure issues contributing to the shipping crisis. While TGA applauds both actions, which are necessary to prevent future shipping […]

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TGA Urges Biden to Address Shipping Crisis by Acting Now to Solve Trucker Shortage

TGA joined almost 100 other organizations in urging President Biden to take immediate steps to address the shipping crisis by implementing common sense solutions to the trucker shortage that is contributing to the crisis.

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TGA Urges President Biden to Take Common Sense Solutions to Port Crisis

On November 3, following on the U.S. travel goods industry’s October 27 letter to President Biden, TGA joined with 95 other organizations to urge President Biden to take common sense steps to address the trucker side of the #ShippingCrisis. TGA continues to lobby the Biden administration to take immediate action to end the shipping crisis and provide relief to […]

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Ports of LA/Long Beach Impose Cargo Fee on Carriers

On November 1, the Ports of Los Angeles/Long Beach imposed a new $100 fee on carriers that fail to remove cargo from the ports. The purpose of the new fee is to incentivize carriers to remove cargo from the ports so there is room to return empty containers and unload the dozens of ships waiting out in […]

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U.S. Travel Goods Industry Urges President Biden to Act on Shipping Crisis

On Oct. 27, 62 companies representing the U.S. travel goods industry urged President Biden to act to end the shipping crisis now, and provide immediate relief to our industry. The industry letter, which follows up TGA’s June 24 letter, urges Biden to force all parties to the table to resolve the worsening shipping crisis, enforce the rules to […]

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U.S. Travel Goods Imports Surged in First 8 Months of 2021

U.S. travel goods imports (as described under HTS Heading 4202 — luggage, backpacks, flatgoods, handbags, business cases/laptop bags, and travel bags) surged 13.7% in the first 8 months 2021 (versus January-August 2020) thanks to the resurgence in travel this summer and return to school and work. Yet imports numbers remain below 2019 levels. All categories saw a surge in the first 8 […]

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We Need You to Join U.S. Travel Goods Industry Letter Urging President Biden to Act on Shipping Crisis

We need you to join 25 of your industry colleagues by signing a letter urging President Biden to act to end the shipping crisis now and provide immediate relief to our industry. The industry letter, which follows up TGA’s June 24 letter, urges Biden to force all parties to the table to resolve the worsening shipping crisis, enforce […]

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