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Wishing You the Very Best


At this time of gifting, of shopping, of travel, this is our moment to shine as retailers, as manufacturers, as human beings and family members. And in this season of togetherness and thankfulness, all of us at TGA would like to wish you the very best. May your holidays be joyous, may your families and business be prosperous, and may you enjoy the very best tidings of the season. Happy holidays from all of us at TGA.

REMINDER: GSP Expires December 31, 2017 – Be Prepared!


We are now only 10 days away from the potential expiration of the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has issued an advisory on what importers should do if GSP expires on December 31, 2017. Thanks to the advocacy of TGA, GSP now allows duty-free access for U.S. imports of travel goods from most developing countries. TGA, and others, have lobbied hard for Congress to renew GSP before the end of the year. However, with Congress adjourning at the end of this week, and with legislative vehicles for moving GSP quickly running out, chances are becoming increasingly slim that Congress will renew GSP before the end of the year. Instead, it is likely that Congress will address GSP renewal in late January or early February. At that time, we expect Congress to “retroactively” renew GSP back to January 1. The CBP advisory provides information on what importers need to do to ensure duty refunds on GSP-eligible shipments if the program lapses and is later renewed.

More California Proposition 65 Notices Issued


New "60-day" notices have been issued alleging that brands and retailers sold luggage locks and tote bag handles in California that contained lead and/or di (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) in violation of a California law known as Proposition 65 (Prop 65). The notices serve as intent to bring lawsuits against the recipients of the notices that sold these products. For more information on Prop 65, please go to the Prop 65 page on the TGA website or contact TGA's Nate Herman,, 202-853-9351.

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Will Congress Forget to Renew an Important Free-Trade Program?


While NAFTA renegotiations and adjacent bilateral trade disputes have dominated the current discourse on trade policy, the future of the less-discussed Generalized System of Preferences looks as though it will provide both an important and comprehensive look into government’s trade priorities. Congress must now decide whether it will act to preserve these tariff reductions, which have long contributed to American prosperity. READ MORE


Holiday Gift Guide for Travelers


Exploring the world and seeing a new city for the first time never gets old, but getting to the destination isn’t always as fun. For those shopping for travel-obsessed loved ones this holiday season, The Voluntourist has compiled a list of items that will not only help enhance their journey and trip, but make you look good for buying such a creative, useful and thoughtful gift. Take a look at the list, which features several TGA member products. READ MORE

Finding Retail’s Big Data ROI


“Half the money I spend on advertising is wasted; the trouble is, I don’t know which half.” That’s a quote from department store maven John Wanamaker, illustrating a conundrum for retailers (and merchants in general): Namely, you’ve got to reach out to consumers if you are going to convince them to buy your wares. But reaching out involves time and money – both precious commodities. Neither is good to waste. READ MORE

Four Burning Holiday Travel Questions Answered


Jumping in the car or on a plane to head home for the holidays? Join the club – a record 107.3 million others are doing the same between Dec. 23 and Jan. 1. If you’ll be a traveler this holiday season, here are the answers to your burning travel questions. READ MORE

Why Holiday Travel with Kids Can Restore Your Hope for Humanity


The holidays have nearly arrived, but instead of fretting about how to keep your kids quiet on flights, you can relax. Americans are not the grumpy travelers so often portrayed in movies or interviewed during travel segments at blizzard-bound locations. They are kind, kid-friendly, helpful, and gracious, all of humanity’s best qualities mysteriously revealed at the sight of a stressed-out mom traveling with kids. READ MORE

Holiday Travel Report: Most Stressful U.S. Airports


In an effort to help empower travelers to make more informed decisions when it comes to holiday travel plans, InsureMyTrip Research reveals which airports to possibly avoid and how the latest data trends can aid travelers when comparing travel insurance benefits. InsureMyTrip Research predicts these airports will be more stressful for travelers this holiday due to the likelihood of canceled flights based on previously reported data for this year. READ MORE

How to Be a Better Traveler: Tips from 2017


This year, The New York Times covered a variety of topics to help you save time, money and your sanity while traveling. Here is a selection of those articles, with some tips and techniques gleaned from them. READ MORE

Social Media Is Dead…Long Live Social Advertising


Social has never been healthier as an advertising channel while more troubled as a media platform. How did this come to be? And what does it mean for brands? While some may think that the two are one and the same, the paid and organic sides of social are on very different trajectories thanks to ever-evolving consumer behaviors and marketing objectives. Let’s trace the development of social as we know it today and the implications for brands as we head into 2018. READ MORE

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