2021 Starts How 2020 Ended for U.S. Travel Goods Imports

On March 5, the U.S. government published January 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) slid 31.3% (by volume) in Jan. 2021 (versus Jan. 2020). In addition to the obvious impact of COVID-19 on sales and on travel, the […]

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Guidance for Members Sourcing from Myanmar (Burma)

TGA’s sister organization, the American Apparel & Footwear Association, has published detailed guidance for members sourcing from Myanmar (Burma) in light of the recent military coup (see related article below). TGA recommends that any member sourcing from Myanmar review the guidance.

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Coup in Myanmar Should Raise Concerns for Industry

On Jan. 31, the military in Myanmar launched a coup, overthrowing the democratically elected government in the country, and detaining its leaders, including State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi. The coup has led to massive protests. Feb. 1 statements from President Biden and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell implied strong bi-partisan support for U.S. sanctions if the military does not reverse […]

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TGA Urges Congress to Address Industry Priorities in Next Stimulus Package

On Feb. 1, TGA joined the Accessories Council, the Council of Fashion Designers of America, and the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) to urge Congress to include industry priorities in the next stimulus package. Recommendations include a short-term federal backstop to support trade credit insurance; limited legal liability protection to safeguard businesses from unfair lawsuits; return […]

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TGA Tells U.S. and European Union to Halt All Tariffs

On January 25, TGA joined 71 associations in urging the European Union (EU) and the U.S. to remove all current and suspend all future retaliatory tariffs affecting or threatening Trans-Atlantic trade.

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TGA Victory on Vietnam Tariffs…for Now

On January 15, the office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) announced that it is “not taking any specific actions in connection with the findings at this time” with respect to its Section 301 Tariff Investigation against Vietnam on currency, even though USTR found that Vietnam is manipulating its currency. TGA strongly opposed the imposition […]

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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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