Get in on the most powerful exhibit platform for your new products. The International Travel Goods Show pulls in the very best retailers from every market, in every region of the world. This is the industry's most attention-getting venue – book now, get priority space assignment, and enjoy a 33% discount over TGA member exhibit pricing. The Early Bird Discount is only for a very limited time, and the clock is ticking. So don't wait – this is 2019's best product exposure opportunity, reaching the world's most powerful retailers. Contact Cathy Hays, email@example.com, 877-842-1938, x-707 and get ahead at The 2019 International Travel Goods Show, taking place March 26-28 in Las Vegas.
On Tuesday the Trump administration announced the initial list of U.S. imports from China on which it plans to impose 25% punitive duties. The proposed duties on $50 billion worth of U.S. imports from China are part of an ongoing investigation by the Trump administration Section 301 case into alleged intellectual property violations by China.
USTR has published the draft Federal Register with the list of products subject to the 301 tariffs: https://ustr.gov/about-us/policy-offices/press-office/press-releases/2018/april/under-section-301-action-ustr https://ustr.gov/sites/default/files/files/Press/Releases/301FRN.pdf
Thanks to intensive lobbying by TGA and others, the initial list does NOT include any travel goods products. Our industry is not out of the woods yet. Tuesday's announcement starts a public comment period where the public can propose removing, or adding, products to the list. The Trump administration will also hold a public hearing on the proposed list on May 11. The Trump administration will then publish the final list sometime after the public hearing. That date has not yet been set.
TGA will keep members apprised as this situation develops. Please contact Nate Herman, TGA's Director of Government Relations, with any questions, firstname.lastname@example.org, 202-853-9351.
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