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China Tariffs – TGA Urges Members to File Petitions/File Responses to Petitions During Tranche 3 Exclusion Process


On June 30, the U.S. government opened the portal to request exclusions (details, web portal) from Tranche 3 tariffs, including the 25% tariffs on travel goods. As of July 23, 11 companies have filed a combined 39 petitions requesting exclusions for certain types of travel goods (out of a total 708 petitions). Please go to the TGA/AAFA July 2 webinar for details on how the exclusion process works (letter to USTR, webinar recording). There will be a 14-day period, once a petition is live on the portal, during which the public can file a response (in opposition or in support). That means your company can file responses in support. For example, most of the travel goods petitions were filed on July 17, which means the 14-day response period for those petitions closes July 31. The deadline for petitions is September 30. TGA strongly encourages interested companies to file their own petitions and/or support existing petitions by filing responses in support of the petitions.

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The Complicated Dance Between Trump and Markets


Donald Trump likes to hail record-high equity markets as validation of his economic policies. But when it comes to his trade wars, the president and the market are showing signs of a potentially unhealthy co-dependency. READ MORE

Ten Summer Travel Items for Business or Pleasure


As summer is now in full swing, last minute business and pleasure travel plans are sure to pop up. What to take and in what to take it? Here is Julie Kessler’s summer travel goods round-up for the current best picks of the season. Whether you are headed out for a business or pleasure trip, for a weekend or a week, these are your go-to items to keep you comfortable, organized and your travel stress-free. READ MORE


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How to Leave a Hotel Room with Everything You Brought


A survey by the research firm Kelton Global showed that 29% of Americans are more likely to accidentally leave a belonging behind in a hotel room than to take a hotel item. A few pre-departure tips will ensure you leave with everything you brought. They include understanding what you could leave behind and perhaps one or two airtight strategies for remembering them. READ MORE

Retail Stores Get a Bad Rap, As Closures Pile Up. But Here’s How Stores Boost Online Sales


With new retail store closures being announced almost every week, bricks and mortar can get a bad rap. And with all the talk of Amazon’s dominance over the retail industry, it can be easy to forget the majority of purchases still take place in stores today. But a new study from the International Council of Shopping Centers shows real estate shouldn’t be looked at like a glaring liability, but instead stores are giving a significant boost to online sales. READ MORE

One Surprising and Rare Leadership Trait More Effective Than Charisma or Confidence


Historically, we've equated successful leadership with personality traits statistically more likely to be found in men: confidence and charisma. Truth is, neither one is correlated to success in the long-term. When it comes to leadership competencies in work cultures of trust and transparency, one emerging skill is often cited that trumps both confidence and charisma. READ MORE

How Much Should You Spend on Social Media Marketing?


Social media has created a beautiful opportunity for entrepreneurs: It’s never been easier to get your message in front of hundreds, thousands, or even millions of people. But if you want to reach all those people, it’s going to cost a lot. It’s a simple case of supply and demand, and social media platforms are limiting the supply. Organic reach – that is, your ability to speak directly to the audience that chooses to follow and interact with your business – has dwindled to almost nothing. READ MORE

Analysts: Lawsuit Could Spell Death of Resort Fees


Pesky hotel resort fees could soon be on their way out. At least, that's what some hospitality analysts predict might happen following news that the District of Columbia attorney general earlier this month filed a lawsuit against Marriott International, accusing the hotel giant of deceptive fee practices. READ MORE