TGA Urges Congress to Include Strong GSP Renewal in Any Final Competitiveness Legislation

On May 3, TGA and TGA members joined with other industry groups and companies to urge Congress to include a long and robust extension of the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program in any final competitiveness/anti-China legislation approved by Congress. The House and Senate are moving to conference to reconcile differences between the House and Senate versions […]

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Biden Administration Finally Starts Review of China Section 301 Tariffs

On May 3, in response to repeated calls from TGA and many others, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) finally launched a review of the China Section 301 tariffs. But it remains unclear whether the end result of the Biden administration’s review will lead to the removal of the 25% punitive tariffs on U.S. travel goods […]

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Need Companies to Sign GSP Letter to Congress

The House and Senate must negotiate a compromise Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) reauthorization after passing different GSP renewal provisions as part of the House-Senate conference on a China competitiveness package. The TGA-supported Coalition for GSP is seeking company/association signatures for a letter to Congressional leaders outlining GSP users’ priorities (e.g., longer length, attainable eligibility criteria). The […]

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TGA Urges Congress to Approve Ocean Shipping Reform Act

On April 20, TGA joined dozens of other industry groups in urging Congress to include the Ocean Shipping Reform Act (OSRA) in any final anti-China legislation. The legislation was included in the House-passed AmericaCOMPETES Act but was not included in the Senate-passed U.S. Innovation & Competitiveness Act. House and Senate conferees will begin negotiations next week in the hopes […]

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TGA Criticizes China Section 301 Tariffs and Urges Congress to Renew Exclusion Process

Last week, TGA joined dozens of other industry groups in calling for an end to the China Section 301 tariffs, especially in light of rising inflation, and urged Congress, at a minimum, to renew and improve the China Section 301 tariff exclusion process.

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Forward Progress on Addressing the Shipping Crisis?

Last week, the full Senate approved the Senate version of the Ocean Shipping Reform Act (OSRA) by voice vote. The House also approved OSRA for a third time. The House and the Senate must now reconcile the differences between the two versions of the TGA-supported legislation, which we hope will happen quickly. On April 4, President Biden announced major steps forward […]

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China COVID Lockdowns Affecting Shipping/Production

The lockdowns in Shanghai have been extended with new lockdowns in Haining, a major production region in Zhejiang Province in response to new COVID outbreaks. With no trucks available because of the lockdown, the Port of Shanghai, the largest port in the world, is essentially shut down, with many carriers blanking sailings to Shanghai. TGA is also hearing about problems at the Port of […]

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New China Section 301 Tariff Exclusions Include Some Travel Goods

On March 23, the Biden administration announced the renewal of 352 tariff exclusions under the China Section 301 tariffs. Among the new exclusions are 6 specific travel goods items: Messenger bags of polyester, each measuring not more than 50 cm by 38 cm by 11 cm, weighing not more than 2.5 kg (described in statistical reporting number […]

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U.S. Travel Goods Industry Faces More California Prop 65 Notices

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 totes (Notice 1), backpacks (Notice 1), duffel bags (Notice 1, Notice 2), handbags (Notice 1, Notice 2, Notice 3, Notice 4, Notice 5, Notice 6, Notice 7, Notice 8), wallets (Notice 1, Notice 2), and travel/garment cases/messenger/crossbody/carry bags (Notice 1) in California that contained di […]

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TGA Urges President Biden to Step into West Coast Port Labor Contract Negotiations

On March 1, TGA joined 49 industry groups in urging President Biden to step in to ensure employers and longshoremen reach a new labor contract before the current contract expires on July 1. TGA warns failure to do so will make the already worsening shipping crisis a catastrophe.

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