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

Over the summer, dozens of new California Proposition 65 (Prop 65) “60-day” notices have been issued alleging that brands and retailers sold in California totes, travel bags, crossbody bags, organizer bags, phone/passport cases/bags, wallets, travel bottles, pet carriers, backpacks, and handbags that contained di (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP), Hexavalent Chromium (Chrome VI), Bisphenol A (BPA), Di-isodecyl […]

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TGA Urges U.S. Government to Immediately End China Section 301 Tariffs on Travel Goods

On July 21, TGA testified before the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) at a hearing on the USITC’s investigation into the impact of the China Section 301 tariffs. In its testimony, TGA argued that the 25% punitive China 301 tariffs on U.S. imports of travel goods from China have failed in their goals and have only served to raise costs for American […]

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Progress on West Coast Port and Rail Labor Contract Negotiations

On July 15, in response to AAFA’s July 12 letter, President Biden announced the formation of the Presidential Emergency Board (PEB), which will spend the next 30 days holding hearings on the two-year-old stalled rail labor contract negotiations, recommending a new agreement at the end of the 30 days. During those 30 days, neither the railroads nor […]

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TGA Urges U.S. Government to End China Section 301 Tariffs

On July 8, TGA joined hundreds of organizations in telling the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) that the China Section 301 tariffs have not worked and have only hurt American businesses, American workers, and American families, especially at a time of surging inflation.

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TGA Urges Biden to Keep Parties at Table and Ensure No Disruptions in West Coast Port Labor Contract Negotiations

On July 1, TGA joined 157 groups in urging President Biden to keep the parties to the West Coast port labor contract negotiations at the table until a new deal is reached without engaging in disruptions. The current contract expired July 1. On July 1, the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) announced, “While […]

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West Coast Port Labor Contract — July 1 Expiration Looms

This Friday, July 1, the current West Coast port labor contract expires. On June 14, the International Longshore & Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) broke their media blackout with a joint statement saying negotiations continue in good faith but will not be completed by the July 1 expiration of the current contract but […]

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West Coast Port Labor Contract Negotiations — Two Sides Issue Joint Statement

On June 14, the International Longshore & Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) broke their media blackout with a joint statement saying negotiations continue in good faith but will not be completed by the July 1 expiration of the current contract. However, “Cargo operations continue beyond the expiration of the contract. Neither party is […]

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TGA Victory! House Approves Shipping Reform, President Biden Expected to Sign into Law Today

On June 13, the U.S. House of Representatives approved the TGA-supported Ocean Shipping Reform Act of 2022 (S. 3580) by a vote of 369-42. The legislation now goes to President Biden, who is expected to sign the bill into law today, June 16. This bipartisan bill will strengthen the overseas supply chain and ensure fairness in the global […]

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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 luggage (Notice 1), totes (Notice 1), backpacks (Notice 1, Notice 2, Notice 3, Notice 4), handbags (Notice 1, Notice 2, Notice 3, Notice 4, Notice 5, Notice 6, Notice 7), fanny packs (Notice 1), smartphone case (Notice 1), wallets (Notice […]

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Capitol Beat: A Summer of Hope?

Every day, our industry faces a shipping crisis that has delivered us contract breaches, stubbornly high shipping rates, excessive and unjust fees, constant delays, and ongoing uncertainty on whether our product will ever arrive or even be moved. We are an industry of small companies who have no bargaining power with the big foreign-owned ocean […]

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