Industry Updates: COVID-19

Dear Member of the Travel Goods Industry,

We understand that the past weeks have brought turmoil to your personal and professional lives. Each day, the state of our industry – and our country – seems to evolve. We at the Travel Goods Association would like to remind you that you’re not in this alone.

We are on the front lines, fighting for each of you and our industry as a whole. The Travel Goods Association’s infrastructure, especially our presence in Washington, DC, remains crucial. We are in overdrive and plan to keep you as informed as possible over the coming weeks and months.

Please see below for a brief overview of the action we’ve taken as your advocates thus far. Do not hesitate to contact us with questions or concerns. Our association is a tie that binds our industry together, and in times like these, our strength will be tested and proven.

Despite the monumental impact of this health crisis, we remain mindful and appreciative of the tight-knit bond the travel goods industry has enjoyed for nearly a century.

Wishing you, your colleagues and your families continued good health.

Michele Marini Pittenger
Travel Goods Association


This weekend, TGA signed the Retail Trade Association Economic Stimulus Letter, reminding the President to be mindful of retailers that cannot remain open during this crisis and encouraging a stimulus package which would provide a bridge to the retail industry through these challenging times.

Last week, we signed on to several pieces of industry-specific communication, which we shared with our members on Friday (liquidity letter, Americans for Free Trade (AFT) letter to administration, consumer goods industry letter, AFT letter to Congress).

Additionally, the Travel Goods Association has actively lobbied Congress and the Trump administration for:

  • Duty deferral – TGA Members can contact Nate Herman to learn how to contact Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to defer your duty payments
  • Tariff relief – immediate elimination of all punitive tariffs on U.S. travel goods imports from China and immediate refund of all punitive tariffs paid to date
  • Greater access to capital – injecting much needed liquidity into the system
  • Tax credits to keep workers on payrolls
  • Financial assistance to small businesses