REMINDER: Congress Allows GSP to Expire, Meaning Full Duties on U.S. Imports from GSP Countries Starting Jan. 1

On Dec. 21, Congress adjourned for the year without extending the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) trade preference program. As a result, GSP expired on Dec. 31, 2020, meaning that U.S. travel goods imports from a wide range of developing countries, including Thailand, Cambodia, Burma (Myanmar), Indonesia, Sri Lanka, the Philippines, and Pakistan no longer […]

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TGA Joins Over 200 Organizations in Opposing New Vietnam Tariffs / Files Final Comments in Opposition

On January 7, TGA and TGA members joined over 200 organizations in opposing proposed punitive tariffs against U.S. travel goods imports from Vietnam under the Office of U.S. Trade Representative’s (USTR) Section 301 Tariff Investigations against Vietnam. TGA also filed separate comments opposing the tariffs in the USTR timber and currency investigations. There is growing […]

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U.S. Travel Goods Imports Continued to Fall in First Eleven Months of 2020, Led by Declines in Imports from China

On January 7, the U.S. government published import data for November 2020. 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) slid 22.8% (by volume) in the first eleven months of 2020. In addition to the obvious impact […]

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U.S. Travel Goods Industry Faces More California Prop 65 Notices; TGA Prop 65 Best Practices Guidance

September 17, 2020 – 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 luggage (Notice 1), totes (Notice 1, Notice 2, Notice 3, Notice 4, Notice 5, Notice 6), backpacks (Notice 1, Notice 2, Notice 3, Notice 4, Notice 5, […]

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