The 30-day voting period has ended, and during that time TGA members cast their e-votes in support of TGA's Slate of Nominees for the 2019-2020 TGA Board of Directors. Thanks to everyone who exercised their very important privilege as a member of this Association and voted!
| 2019-2020 TGA Board of Directors|
| David Lomas, Design Go Ltd., Chair
|Scott Kosmin, 24-7 International, Chair-Elect
|Richard Krulik, Solo / Briggs & Riley Travelware, Vice Chair
|Cliff Ensley, Leisure Merchandising Corp., Treasurer
|Jack Holodnicki, Olivet International, Secretary
|Robert Dodson, Ricardo Beverly Hills, Immediate Past Chair|
|Andrew Hamilton, CabinZero USA|
|Nate Haskell, it luggage USA|
|Jerry Kallman, Airline International Luggage|
|Magi Raible, LifeGear Design|
|John Yu, Olympia International|
We Need You to Speak Out on the China Tariffs
As you know, on May 10, President Trump increased the punitive tariffs on U.S. imports of travel goods from China from 10% to 25%. However, according to the Federal Register notice and CSMS messages from U.S. Customs and Border Protection – 236 and 238:
- For goods entered (imported into the U.S.) before 12:01 AM (Eastern) on Friday, May 10, the punitive tariff remains at 10%.
- For goods that were exported from China before 12:01 AM (Eastern) on Friday, May 10, and entered (imported into the U.S.) before Saturday, June 1, the punitive tariff remains at 10%.
- To use this special duty rate, which is intended to provide relief from the duty increase for goods already on the water before May 10, the Trump administration has established a special temporary Harmonized Tariff System (HTS) number of HTS 9903.88.09.
- For goods entered (imported into the U.S.) on or after Saturday, June 1, regardless of when they are exported, the punitive tariff is 25%.
We need you to raise your voices now in opposition to the new China tariffs. You – and all of your colleagues – can send a letter to your elected members of Congress and the President by clicking here to use TGA's partner, the AAFA Legislative Action Center, and you can send letters through the TGA-supported Tariffs Hurt the Heartland website. If you want to speak to the media to share your stories about how tariffs have affected you, your workers, and your customers, please contact TGA's Nate Herman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
India Still Getting GSP Benefits…for Now
On May 17, President Trump issued a presidential proclamation withdrawing Turkey from the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program. The proclamation is notable in that it did NOT also withdraw benefits for India at the same time. While President Trump can still withdraw GSP benefits from India at any time, TGA takes the omission of India as a good sign that President Trump will delay any decision until after India forms a new government (after its recent election) and continues negotiations. TGA believes after pressure from TGA (April 12 and April 4 letters), multiple members of Congress, and India itself, President Trump backed off on India after his March 4 announcement of his intention to withdraw benefits. There is still no word on the status of President Trump’s reviews of GSP benefits for Indonesia and Thailand. India is the 3rd-largest supplier of travel goods to the U.S. market. Under GSP, U.S. imports of travel goods can enter the U.S. duty-free from most developing countries, including India, Cambodia, Indonesia, Pakistan, and Thailand. TGA worked for many years to convince Congress and two Presidents to add travel goods to GSP back in 2016-2017 and will continue to fight to protect those benefits.
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