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While we’re still talking about lockdowns, import tariffs and the shipping crisis, Nate Herman moves forward to give voice to the questions we all want answers to in the latest Capital Beat. Products inspire us to throw down some rhymes. And a couple of TGA members grab the spotlight. It’s all in Travel Goods Magazine’s Industry Buzz.
On March 23, the Biden administration announced the renewal of 352 tariff exclusions under the China Section 301 tariffs. Among the new exclusions are 6 specific travel goods items:
- Messenger bags of polyester, each measuring not more than 50 cm by 38 cm by 11 cm, weighing not more than 2.5 kg (described in statistical reporting number 4202.12.8130);
- Backpacks with hydration system, each measuring not more than 51 cm by 28 cm by 9 cm, weighing not more than 1 kg (described in statistical reporting number 4202.92.0400);
- Backpacks with outer surface of textile materials of man-made fibers, each measuring at least 35 cm but not more than 75 cm in height, at least 19 cm but not more than 34 cm in width, and at least 5 cm but not more than 26 cm in depth (described in statistical reporting number 4202.92.3120);
- Duffel bags made predominantly of man-made fibers, each measuring not more than 98 cm by 52 cm by 17 cm, weighing not more than 7 kg, with wheels (described in statistical reporting number 4202.92.3131); and
- Duffel bags of polyester, each measuring not more than 81 cm by 39 cm by 11 cm, weighing not more than 7 kg (described in statistical reporting number 4202.92.3131).
These tariff exclusions had previously expired in August 2020. The China Section 301 tariff exclusions are retroactive to October 12, 2021 (meaning folks can apply for refunds) and extend through December 31, 2022. TGA continues to urge the Biden administration to review/end the tariffs and restart the China Section 301 tariff exclusion process.
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