New TGA-Supported Shipping Reform Legislation Coming Soon

On August 1, Congressmen John Garamendi (D-CA-3) and Dusty Johnson (R-SD) will introduce the bi-partisan Ocean Shipping Reform Act of 2021 (OSRA 21) (Draft text, Draft summary). The TGA-supported legislation, which TGA helped craft, would require the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) to establish and enforce rules on minimum service requirements, breach of contract, excessive and unjust detention and demurrage fees, […]

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TGA Victory! U.S./Vietnam Currency Deal Appears to Take Punitive Tariffs Off the Table

On July 19, the United States and Vietnam announced a deal on Vietnam’s currency, seemingly averting the U.S. government’s threat to impose punitive tariffs on U.S. travel goods imports from Vietnam. On July 14, TGA joined 75 industry organizations in opposing a possible move by the Biden administration to impose punitive tariffs on Vietnam under the Office of the U.S. Trade […]

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President Biden Takes Action on Shipping Crisis, TGA Urges More

On July 9, President Biden ordered the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) to take action against excessive and unjust detention and demurrage fees in a small first step toward addressing the growing shipping crisis (See Section 5, Part O). TGA continues to urge President Biden to do more (June 24 letter, Twitter, LinkedIn), including: 1) enforcing current rules and regulations […]

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TGA to Biden Administration — Don’t Impose Punitive Tariffs on U.S. Travel Goods Imports from Vietnam

On July 14, TGA joined dozens of other industry organizations in opposing a possible move by the Biden administration to impose punitive tariffs on Vietnam under the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative’s (USTR) Section 301 investigation accusing Vietnam of currency manipulation. Such a decision would contradict the January 15 USTR announcement suspending the investigation or the Treasury Department’s April 16 […]

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U.S. Travel Goods Imports Turned the Corner in First Five Months of 2021

For the first time in over a year, U.S. travel goods imports (as described under HTS Heading 420 — click links to get specific import data on luggage, backpacks, flatgoods, handbags, business cases/laptop bags, and travel bags) actually increased (4.1% by volume) in the first five months of 2021 (versus January-May 2020) thanks the end of lockdowns in the spring and the resurgence in […]

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Rumors of Possible Punitive Tariffs on U.S. Travel Goods Imports Continue to Grow

TGA continues to hear growing rumors that punitive tariffs on U.S. imports from Vietnam are being considered by the Biden administration under the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative’s (USTR) Section 301 investigation accusing Vietnam of currency manipulation. Such a decision would contradict the January 15 USTR announcement suspending the investigation or the Treasury Department’s April 16 report that found […]

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TGA Urges President Biden to Address Shipping Crisis

On June 24, TGA sent a letter urging President Biden to immediately address the shipping crisis by 1) enforcing current rules and regulations against contract breaches and unfair detention/demurrage charges; 2) forcing all stakeholders to the table to develop and implement solutions to the crisis; and 3) providing relief to the industry by eliminating tariffs. TGA has […]

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U.S. Travel Goods Imports Slowed in First Four Months of 2021

This month, the U.S. government published January-April 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) fell slightly (1.2% by volume) in the first four months 2021 (versus January-April 2020). While U.S. luggage (-12.6%) and backpack (-30.6%) imports remained significantly down […]

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New Tariffs on U.S. Travel Goods Imports from Vietnam in the Offing?

TGA is hearing rumors that possible punitive tariffs on U.S. imports from Vietnam are being discussed by the Biden administration under the U.S. government’s ongoing Section 301 investigations on Vietnam’s timber and currency. It is unclear under which investigation tariffs are being considered, or whether, as the U.S. government did recently with the digital services tax (DST) dispute, the […]

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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 totes (Notice 1, Notice 2, Notice 3) backpacks (Notice 1, Notice 2, Notice 3), diaper bags (Notice 1), handbags (Notice 1, Notice 2, Notice 3, Notice 4, Notice 5, Notice 6, Notice 7, Notice 8, Notice 9, Notice 10), wallets (Notice 1, Notice 2, Notice 3), […]

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