TGA Urges Congressional Conferees to Include GSP Renewal, Shipping Reform, China Section 301 Tariff Exclusion Process in Competitiveness Legislation

On June 6, TGA urged Congressional conferees working to reconcile the House and Senate versions of competitiveness/anti-China legislation to ensure any final legislation includes key U.S. travel goods industry priorities, including renewal of the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program, passage of the Ocean Shipping Reform Act, and restart of the China Section 301 tariff exclusion process. Congressional leaders hope […]

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TGA Urges President to Put Guardrails around West Coast Port Labor Contract Negotiations

On June 8, TGA urged President Biden to put guardrails on the ongoing West Coast port labor contract negotiations to ensure they do not lead to a work slowdown, strike, or lockout, and to encourage any resulting agreement to increase the productivity and efficiency of the ports. The two sides returned to the negotiating table on June […]

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West Coast Port Labor Contract — Labor Puts Negotiations on Hold Until June 1

On May 23, TGA confirmed press reports that the International Longshore & Warehouse Union (ILWU) has left the negotiating table and put negotiations towards a West Coast port labor contract on hold until at least June 1. On May 13, Harold Daggett, President of the International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA), the dockworkers union at the East […]

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PLEASE REVIEW — Draft TGA Priorities Letter to Congressional Conferees on Competitiveness Legislation

TGA has drafted a letter to Congressional conferees working to reconcile the House and Senate versions of competitiveness/anti-China legislation. The draft letter urges the conferees to ensure any final legislation includes key U.S. travel goods industry priorities, including renewal of the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program, the Ocean Shipping Reform Act, and restart of the China Section 301 tariff exclusion […]

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TGA Urges Congress to Include Strong GSP Renewal in Any Final Competitiveness Legislation

On May 3, TGA and TGA members joined with other industry groups and companies to urge Congress to include a long and robust extension of the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program in any final competitiveness/anti-China legislation approved by Congress. The House and Senate are moving to conference to reconcile differences between the House and Senate versions […]

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Biden Administration Finally Starts Review of China Section 301 Tariffs

On May 3, in response to repeated calls from TGA and many others, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) finally launched a review of the China Section 301 tariffs. But it remains unclear whether the end result of the Biden administration’s review will lead to the removal of the 25% punitive tariffs on U.S. travel goods […]

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Need Companies to Sign GSP Letter to Congress

The House and Senate must negotiate a compromise Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) reauthorization after passing different GSP renewal provisions as part of the House-Senate conference on a China competitiveness package. The TGA-supported Coalition for GSP is seeking company/association signatures for a letter to Congressional leaders outlining GSP users’ priorities (e.g., longer length, attainable eligibility criteria). The […]

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TGA Urges Congress to Approve Ocean Shipping Reform Act

On April 20, TGA joined dozens of other industry groups in urging Congress to include the Ocean Shipping Reform Act (OSRA) in any final anti-China legislation. The legislation was included in the House-passed AmericaCOMPETES Act but was not included in the Senate-passed U.S. Innovation & Competitiveness Act. House and Senate conferees will begin negotiations next week in the hopes […]

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TGA Criticizes China Section 301 Tariffs and Urges Congress to Renew Exclusion Process

Last week, TGA joined dozens of other industry groups in calling for an end to the China Section 301 tariffs, especially in light of rising inflation, and urged Congress, at a minimum, to renew and improve the China Section 301 tariff exclusion process.

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Forward Progress on Addressing the Shipping Crisis?

Last week, the full Senate approved the Senate version of the Ocean Shipping Reform Act (OSRA) by voice vote. The House also approved OSRA for a third time. The House and the Senate must now reconcile the differences between the two versions of the TGA-supported legislation, which we hope will happen quickly. On April 4, President Biden announced major steps forward […]

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