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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Senate Approves Anti-China Bill, Includes GSP Renewal and Restart of China Tariff Exclusion Process, Next Steps Unclear

On June 8, the Senate approved the Endless Frontiers Act (S. 1260) by a vote of 68-32. The anti-China legislation includes a provision that would retroactively renew and extend GSP from December 31, 2020 – January 1, 2027, add new eligibility criteria for beneficiary countries, including human rights, women’s economic empowerment, and rule of law, and require regular country eligibility reviews. […]

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Senate Approves Amendment Renewing GSP, Next Steps Unclear

On May 27, the Senate approved by a vote of 94-1 an amendment to pending anti-China legislation that would retroactively renew and extend GSP from December 31, 2020 until January 1, 2027, add new eligibility criteria for beneficiary countries, including human rights, women’s economic empowerment, and rule of law, and require regular country eligibility reviews. While a very strong […]

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Senate Approves Amendment Re-opening China Section 301 Tariff Exclusion Process, Fate Unclear

On May 27, the Senate approved by a vote of 94-1 an amendment to pending anti-China legislation that would re-open and fix the TGA-supported China Section 301 tariff exclusion process. Under the previous tariff exclusion process, numerous petitions for travel goods exclusions were seemingly arbitrarily rejected. A reopening of the process could provide a new opportunity to exclude certain travel goods […]

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Key Senator Introduces GSP Renewal Legislation

Last week, Senate Finance Committee Chair Ron Wyden (OR) introduced legislation to update and reauthorize three expired trade programs: the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP), the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB) and the American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act (AMCA). For GSP, the legislation would retroactively extend GSP from Dec. 31, 2020 until January 1, 2027, add new mandatory eligibility criteria for […]

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TGA Urges Congress to Reinstate China 301 Tariffs Product Exclusion Process

On May 26, TGA joined hundreds of organizations in urging Congress to press the Biden administration to reinstate, and improve, the product exclusion process for the China Section 301 tariffs. There were dozens of product exclusion petitions for travel goods during the previous process, many of which were arbitrarily rejected. A reinstated and improved product exclusion process […]

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TGA Sister Organization Publishes Updated Restricted Substances List (RSL)

On May 17, TGA’s sister organization, the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA), released the 22nd edition of the AAFA Restricted Substance List (RSL). The open-industry resource provides companies a reference on all banned and restricted chemicals and substances for travel goods and other products, identifying the most restrictive regulations worldwide. The report also offers an […]

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Biden Administration Supports Renewal of GSP

Last week, U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Katherine Tai testified before the Senate Finance Committee and House Ways and Means Committee regarding President Biden’s 2021 trade policy agenda. In both hearings both Ambassador Tai and bi-partisan members of the Committees expressed strong support for renewal of the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program. GSP expired on Dec. 31, 2020, meaning […]

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U.S. Travel Goods Imports Still Down in First Three Months of 2021, But Decline Slowed

On May 4, the U.S. government published January-March 2021 import data. U.S. travel goods imports (luggage, backpacks, flatgoods, handbags, business cases/laptop bags and travel bags) slipped 6.5% (by volume) in the first three months 2021 (vs. January-March 2020). While U.S. luggage imports remained way down (-29.5%) in the first three months of 2021, U.S. imports of […]

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