Member Elert: TGA’s Efforts on Your Behalf

Member Elert: TGA’s Efforts on Your Behalf

Dear TGA Member,

First and foremost, your safety and health – and the health of your family and colleagues – is of the utmost importance to the Travel Goods Association (TGA), especially in these times of uncertainty.

The severe economic impact of the coronavirus on our industry is undeniable. From the grounding of travel, to slowdowns in our supply chains, to the systemic retail shutdowns across the country – our economy and industry is one of the hardest-hit. And even though many of you are having revenue challenges, we know that you still have expenses to pay, from personnel and product to rent and utilities.

The future of our industry is at stake. We want you to know that the Travel Goods Association is fighting for you, and fighting for our industry, every day.

Over the last week, TGA has actively lobbied Congress and the Trump administration for:

  • Duty deferral – 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

TGA is working with coalitions large and small to achieve these goals (liquidity letter, Americans for Free Trade (AFT) letter to administration, consumer goods industry letter, AFT letter to Congress). We will continue to do so until we obtain much needed relief for our industry, and will be in touch when we have updates for you.

Until then, stay safe and healthy – and know that we are advocating on your behalf. You’re not in this alone.

Michele Marini Pittenger
Travel Goods Association