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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Shipping Crisis Not Getting Better

According to the latest reports, almost 100 ships are waiting to enter the Ports of Los Angeles/Long Beach, with Sea-Intelligence finding 28.4% of Asia-U.S. West Coast sailing blanked last week, and Drewry’s weekly composite World Container Index showing rates are on the rise again.

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TGA Urges Congress to Restart China Section 301 Tariff Exclusion Process

On Dec. 16, TGA joined hundreds of organizations in urging Congress to restart the China Section 301 tariff exclusion process.

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Ports of LA/Long Beach Super Demurrage Fee Delayed Again

On Dec. 13, the Ports of Los Angeles/Long Beach again delayed the so-called “super demurrage fee” until at least Dec. 20 because of a 47% reduction in longstanding containers on docks. This is better than the 37% reduction announced Dec. 6, but little overall progress over the last few weeks. Even this decline is a straw house as many containers […]

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House Approves TGA-Supported Legislation to Address the Shipping Crisis

On December 8, the U.S. House of Representatives approved the TGA-supported Ocean Shipping Reform Act of 2021 (H.R. 4996). The legislation, if approved by the Senate, would require the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) to establish/enforce rules that would prevent the next shipping crisis, including minimum service requirements for carriers, as well as rules barring contract breaches and excessive and […]

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TGA Urges Congress to Restart China Section 301 Tariff Exclusion Process

On Dec. 1, TGA joined hundreds of organizations in urging Congress to restart the China Section 301 tariff exclusion process.

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TGA Urges Congress to Approve MTB

On Dec. 2, TGA joined dozens of other organizations in urging Congress to approve the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB) which would temporarily reduce or eliminate import tariffs on thousands of products, including some travel goods.

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Ports of LA/Long Beach Delay Super Demurrage Fee Again

On Nov. 29, the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach delayed the super demurrage fee to at least Dec. 29, citing 37% reduction in longstanding containers on the docks. This is the third delay for the fee, which was supposed to be implemented on Nov. 29. TGA has urged the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) to prevent the Ports […]

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