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Trump Announces Withdrawal of GSP Travel Goods Benefits for India and Turkey TGA
This week, President Trump announced the withdrawal of benefits for India and Turkey under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program. GSP allows U.S. imports of travel goods from most developing countries to enter the U.S. duty-free. The March 4 announcement starts a 60-day clock, which means benefits cannot be removed earlier than May 3, 2019. GSP withdrawal affects about $300 million worth of U.S. travel goods imports from the two countries, $287 million of which is India. President Trump chose to remove India’s GSP benefits because, “India has not assured the United States that it will provide equitable and reasonable access to the markets of India." Click the following hyperlinks for the latest U.S. travel goods import data, including volume and value of U.S. imports from GSP countries, broken down by category: luggage, brief/computer cases, handbags, backpacks, travel/sports bags, and flatgoods.
During the 60-day period, TGA will urge the Trump administration to reverse its decision on India. No information is available yet on President Trump’s pending GSP reviews for other countries – namely Indonesia and Thailand – which are also key sources of travel goods. TGA will provide more information as it becomes available.
Trump Keeps Punitive Tariffs on U.S. Travel Goods from China at 10% “Until Further Notice”
Earlier this week, the Trump administration finally issued the official notice that punitive tariffs on U.S. travel goods imports from China will remain at 10% “until further notice.” Trump had previously announced that punitive tariffs would increase to 25% on March 2. Even though the official notice wasn’t published until March 5, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) thankfully issued a February 28 CSMS message announcing it had already reprogrammed their systems to keep the punitive tariff at 10%. President Trump announced the delay in the increase as negotiations continue between the U.S. and China on a deal to end the China trade war. President Trump and Chinese President Xi have tentatively scheduled a March 27 meeting at Mar-a-Lago to finalize a deal. TGA, as part of Americans for Free Trade (@TariffsHurt), continues to fight the tariffs.
A Stark Divide in America’s Retail Industry is Coming into Focus THE NEW YORK TIMES
Macy’s is closing stores. So are JCPenney, Family Dollar, Payless Shoes, Victoria’s Secret and Gap. On the flip side, Walmart and Target just reported their best sales growth in more than a decade. America’s retail industry is divided. As earnings season continues, it is becoming clear just how divided. READ MORE
Bad News for Travel and Tourism Brands: Vacation Shaming is a Thing
According to a study released today by Alamo Rent a Car, a phenomenon called “vacation shaming” is on a marked rise for the first time since 2016, when the company first began tracking it. Vacation shaming is the practice of managers making employees – or employees making their colleagues – feel guilty, ashamed or even frightened to take time off. And to avoid those unpleasant feelings, a growing number of Americans are taking shorter vacations, or simply not taking them at all. READ MORE
The 10 Travel Accessories Every Woman Should Have TRAVEL + LEISURE
Once you've finally found the perfect carry-on suitcase, it’s important to consider all of the other necessary items that’ll make your trip as seamless and comfortable as possible. These 10 accessories will prepare you for all of your upcoming travels for years to come. READ MORE
Is Travel Insurance Worth It?
NBC NEWS BETTER
You’re online and ready to buy an airline ticket, but before you can check out, the airline’s website pushes you to spend a little more to buy travel insurance to protect against delays and cancellation fees. Should you do it? READ MORE
Millennials and Retail: A Match Made in Heaven? FORBES
Let’s face it: Retailers need millennials, not the other way around. Millennials spend nearly $600 billion every year on retail alone. By 2020, they are expected to represent nearly a third of total retail sales in the U.S. Given their affinity for top-notch deals and their persistent anxieties about debt, how can merchants help millennials get the most out of the retail experience without busting their budgets?
8 Tips for Getting Work Done While Traveling
With the world working on a 24/7 clock, the excuse to switch off for those hours spent traveling on a plane for business has gone. In fact, it's become the best time to catch up. Once you're in the thick of meetings, the best way to maintain productivity is preparation and keeping to a normal routine. Here are eight tips to help maximize productivity while on the road. READ MORE
The 20 Travel Essentials Instagram Influencers Always Pack in Their Carry-ons
TRAVEL + LEISURE
From moisturizing lip balms to organic healthy snacks to wireless headphones, keep reading to shop the 20 travel essentials these influencers say help make even the longest flights feel like a breeze. Consider it your definitive shopping list of the items you need to make sure your next flight is a pleasant one.
A Good Meeting Needs a Clear Decision-Making Process
HARVARD BUSINESS REVIEW
In our 60+ years of combined experience working with boards and senior executives at organizations ranging from Fortune 10 multinationals to German mittelstand companies, we’ve seen leaders give plenty of thought to the data and analysis needed to kick off and carry on these sorts of discussions. But they typically don’t consider how they’d like to finish them. What should a team do when it’s tasked with making a decision or recommendation but can’t reach consensus?
4 Tried and Tested Tips to Streamline Your Social Media Marketing Campaigns
Let me guess: You want your social media marketing campaigns to run smoother than a Robert Downey Jr. one-liner, don’t you? When you consider how crucial social media marketing is to the success of any business, it’s understandable that you want your campaign to be as slick as it can be. Read on for tips to help streamline your process so you can get better results out of your social media marketing efforts.
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