We Need You to sign a letter supporting the TGA-endorsed Ocean Shipping Reform Act of 2021 (OSRA 21) (H.R. 4996), which would require the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) to establish and enforce rules on minimum service requirements for ocean carriers, respond to contract breaches, and address excessive and unjust detention and demurrage fees, rules that would help prevent the next shipping crisis. TGA still needs you and your colleagues, your employees, your family, everyone, to join TGA in urging President Biden and your members of Congress to ACT NOW to end the current #ShippingCrisis. The customizable letter only takes a few minutes to send.
When Congress returns to Washington, DC on September 20, TGA and many other organizations will launch a huge push for renewal of the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program. As part of those efforts, TGA urges your company to join hundreds of other organizations in signing a letter calling on Congress to renew GSP immediately. GSP expired on Dec. 31, 2020, meaning that U.S. travel goods imports from a wide range of developing countries, including Thailand, Cambodia, Burma (Myanmar), Indonesia, Sri Lanka, the Philippines, and Pakistan have paid full duties since January 1, 2021. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has issued instructions on how importers can retain the right to collect refunds of duties paid if GSP is retroactively renewed. In 2020, U.S. travel goods imports from GSP countries increased 8.4%. GSP countries supply 16.3% of all U.S. travel goods imports today. Please sign the letter TODAY!
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U.S. corporate giants are scrambling to beat back anti-China sentiment in Congress and the Biden administration, aiming to avert crackdowns that would hurt their ability to do business in the world’s second-largest economy. READ MORE
SOCIAL MEDIA TODAY
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In 2020, life changed in every way due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, it’s not surprising that the behavior of our customers changed, too. In the retail sector, more consumers switched to online providers or smaller independent businesses as a result of their changed routines and for convenience when it wasn’t possible to visit shops near work or in city centers. READ MORE
BUSINESS TRAVELER USA
The majority of business travelers are questioning the effectiveness of screen-based virtual interactions as their primary meeting method. Although remote work and virtual meetings are here to stay, a recent survey of business travelers found most felt those modes are clearly lacking when it comes to relationship building. READ MORE
MORNING BREW/RETAIL BREW
A year into the pandemic, and just as vaccines were rolling out in March, we wanted to know how people’s shopping habits changed and what would stick in the After Times. For one, most Americans we surveyed with Harris Poll said they would prefer to shop in person. READ MORE
Chances are you’ve experienced the following: You’re with a small group of friends at a nice restaurant. Everyone is enjoying the food and conversation when someone decides to take out his phone — not for an urgent call, but to check email, Instagram, or Facebook. READ MORE
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- TGA Calls for Action Now to End Shipping Crisis As TGA-Supported Legislation Gains Momentum (TGA)
- Shine the Spotlight…on You (TGA)
- The Shipping Crisis is Getting Worse. Here’s What That Means for Holiday Shopping (CNN)
- Biden Keeps Many Trump Tariffs in Place, Confounding Businesses Hoping for Reprieve (THE WASHINGTON POST)
- FDA Grants Full Approval to Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine (ABC NEWS)