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China Tariffs – Tranche 3 Exclusion Process Now Open, Volume of Travel Goods Petitions Grows, Process Closes September 30


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 August 6, 19 companies have filed a combined 59 petitions requesting exclusions for certain types of travel goods (out of a total 4,141 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, some travel goods petitions were filed on July 31, which means the 14-day response period for those petitions closes August 14. On August 2, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) announced that it had granted exclusions for 15 petitions. Regrettably, none were in the travel goods space. The deadline to file petitions is September 30. TGA strongly encourages interested companies to file their own petitions and/or support existing petitions by filing responses.

U.S. Travel Goods Industry Faces More California Prop 65 Notices; TGA Prop 65 Best Practices Guidance


In the last two months, new California Proposition 65 (Prop 65) "60-day" notices have been issued alleging that brands and retailers sold totes (Notice 1, Notice 2, Notice 3), stadium bags (Notice 1), duffel bags (Notice 1), passport holders (Notice 1), luggage tags (Notice 1), handbags (Notice 1, Notice 2, Notice 3, Notice 4, Notice 5, Notice 6, Notice 7, Notice 8, Notice 9, Notice 10, Notice 11, Notice 12, Notice 13, Notice 14, Notice 15, Notice 16, Notice 17, Notice 18, Notice 19, Notice 20, Notice 21, Notice 22, Notice 23, Notice 24), wallets (Notice 1, Notice 2, Notice 3, Notice 4, Notice 5, Notice 6), backpacks (Notice 1, Notice 2, Notice 3, Notice 4, Notice 5, Notice 6, Notice 7, Notice 8, Notice 9, Notice 10, Notice 11), cosmetic bags (Notice 1, Notice 2, Notice 3, Notice 4, Notice 5, Notice 6, Notice 7, Notice 8), travel cases (Notice 1), travel pillows (Notice 1), phone/tablet cases/holders/sleeves/dry bags (Notice 1, Notice 2, Notice 3, Notice 4, Notice 5, Notice 6, Notice 7), fanny packs (Notice 1, Notice 2, Notice 3, Notice 4, Notice 5, Notice 6), and travel kits (Notice 1, Notice 2, Notice 3) in California that contained di (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP), Di-n-butyl phthalate (DBP), and/or diisononyl phthalate (DINP) in violation of a California law known as Proposition 65 (Prop 65). The notices serve as intent to bring lawsuits against the companies that made and sold these products. Check out TGA’s California Proposition 65 (Prop 65) Best Practices Guidance. This members-only guidance details best practices in developing your company’s Prop 65 testing and warning label protocol, including recommendations on which warning label text to use, where to place the warning label text, and how to test for Prop 65 listed chemicals in your 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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Trump’s China Battle Heads into the Danger Zone


Earlier this week, the Trump administration drove the stand-off with the world’s second-largest economy to a new level, officially labeling China a currency manipulator for the first time in a quarter century, enraging Beijing and inviting further retaliation in a bare-knuckled fight that has already slammed U.S. farmers and helped drive American manufacturing close – or into – recession. READ MORE

The Newest Carry-on Bags Do More with Less Room: How to Get All Your Gear in a Smaller Bag


When it comes to carry-on luggage, less is more. Bulky is out – and small is in. At least that's the consensus of experts and travelers who are working harder than ever to reduce the size of their bags. "Space is a top commodity in travel," says Michele Marini Pittenger, president of the Travel Goods Association, a trade group of luggage manufacturers and retailers. "Luggage manufacturers have responded with efficient, condensed bags to streamline travel and eliminate or reduce baggage fees." READ MORE


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Gun Violence in America Prompts a Growing List of Countries to Issue Travel Warnings


Uruguay and Venezuela have discouraged their citizens from traveling to the U.S., citing this weekend’s mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton, Ohio, as indicators of danger and a rise in hate crimes. The Japanese Consulate in Detroit, meanwhile, released a statement Sunday calling the U.S. a “gun society.” These are just the latest countries to label gun violence in America a safety concern. READ MORE

How Can You Tell Someone Has Really Bad Leadership Skills? Look for These 5 Signs


In my deep exploration to find the truth of what great leaders do to succeed, I keep coming back to one undeniable fact that rails against bad leadership: Good leadership is about serving the needs of people so they can reach their fullest potential. Rather than lift up the desired traits of great leadership for this entry, I'll continue down the route of harsh truth and expose the kinds of bosses that can disengage employees and tear down organizations. READ MORE