Biden’s State of the Union — Ocean Carriers on the Firing Line

On March 1, President Biden delivered a stinging rebuke to ocean carriers in his State of the Union, stating “I’m a capitalist, but capitalism without competition isn’t capitalism. It’s exploitation — and it drives up prices. When corporations don’t have to compete, their profits go up, your prices go up, and small businesses and family farmers and […]

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Shipping Crisis — FMC Starting to Do Something?

On February 15, Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) Commissioner Rebecca Dye detailed how shippers can file complaints with the FMC. On February 11, FMC Chair Daniel Maffei accused ocean carriers of bilking shippers for unfair fees. On February 4, the FMC requested comments on a proposal on whether the FMC should flesh out further and enforce its interpretative rule against unfair detention and demurrage […]

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TGA-Supported Ocean Shipping Reform Act (OSRA) Moves in Congress as FMC Considers Action

On February 4, the U.S. House of Representatives approved larger anti-China legislation, the America COMPETES Act, that includes the TGA-supported Ocean Shipping Reform Act of 2021 (OSRA) (H.R. 4996). The larger legislation will now be reconciled with the Senate anti-China bill. On February 3, OSRA was introduced in the Senate. The legislation would require the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) […]

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TGA Call for Reinstatement of China Section 301 Tariff Exclusion Process in Anti-China Legislation

On Feb. 1, TGA joined dozens of other organizations in urging the House to include the reinstatement of the China Section 301 tariff exclusion process in larger anti-China legislation being considered. The reinstatement of a transparent, fact-based process would enable travel goods companies to apply to eliminate the 25% punitive tariff on U.S. travel goods imports from […]

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TGA Urges FMC to Extend Gate Fees, Address Gate Efficiency at Ports of LA/Long Beach

On Jan. 28, TGA joined two dozen organizations in urging the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) to extend gate fees that encourage off-peak entry into the ports but also urged the FMC to immediately address the larger problem of gate productivity at the Ports of LA/Long Beach.

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TGA Joins Dozens of Others in Opposing Proposal that Would Eviscerate Industry’s Ability to Use California Prop 65 Warning Labels

On Jan. 21, TGA joined dozens of other organizations in opposing California’s Office of Environmental Health & Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) proposal to modify the California Proposition 65 (Prop 65) warning labels. The letter comes after TGA submitted its own comments in opposition to the proposal. If OEHHA adopts the proposal, companies would be required to list chemicals on their warning […]

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TGA Urges Biden to Take Real Action and Provide Immediate Relief to Industry as Shipping Crisis Worsens

On Jan. 19, TGA urged President Biden to take real action to bring the worsening shipping crisis under control and provide immediate relief to our industry. The letter highlights that the shipping crisis is not over but is only getting worse, the particular impact the shipping crisis has had on our industry, the fact that new fees […]

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TGA Strongly Opposes Proposal that Would Eviscerate Industry’s Ability to Use California Prop 65 Warning Labels

On Jan. 19, TGA submitted comments strongly opposing California’s Office of Environmental Health & Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) proposal to modify the California Proposition 65 (Prop 65) warning labels. If OEHHA adopts the proposal, companies would be required to list chemicals on their warning labels, with only a year to switch to the new labels. TGA argues that the proposal […]

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Shipping Crisis Update — FMC Steps Up and New Fees Threatened/Imposed/Delayed as Situation Deteriorates

On Jan. 10, the Ports of LA/Long Beach again delayed the so-called “super demurrage” fee on long-standing import containers on the ports, citing a 45% reduction in those containers, the same decline the ports have cited off and on for the last two months. Meanwhile, 5 of 6 terminals at the Port of Long Beach […]

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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, Notice 4), backpacks (Notice 1), duffel bags (Notice 1), handbags (Notice 1, Notice 2, Notice 3, Notice 4, Notice 5), wallets (Notice 1, Notice 2, Notice 3, Notice 4, Notice 5), cosmetic/toiletry bags (Notice 1, Notice […]

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