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NEED SIGNATORIES: Industry Letter Opposing October 15 Increase in Punitive Tariffs from 25% to 30% on U.S. Imports of Travel Goods from China


TGA urges companies to join a draft industry letter opposing President Trump’s decision to increase punitive tariffs on U.S. imports of travel goods from China from 25% to 30% on October 15. The draft industry letter would be submitted as part of a public comment period on the proposed increase in tariffs. Note that on September 11, President Trump, via tweet, announced a delay in the implementation date for the increased tariffs from October 1 to October 15. Please contact TGA’s Nate Herman if your company wants to sign the draft industry letter. The deadline to add your company (just the name of your company, as you would like it to appear on the letter – NO SIGNATURES) is today – Thursday, September 19.

FILE YOUR EXCLUSION PETITIONS TODAY: China Tariffs Exclusion Process Deadline is September 30


The deadline to request exclusions from President Trump’s 25% punitive tariffs on U.S. travel goods imports from China is September 30 (details, web portal). TGA held a September 5 members-only webinar (letter to USTR, webinar recording) detailing the exclusion process. If an exclusion is granted on a certain product, any U.S. import of that product is eligible for refunds of all punitive tariffs paid since September 2018 and is excluded from paying punitive tariffs for one year after the exclusion is granted. TGA strongly encourages interested companies to file their own petitions and/or support existing petitions by filing responses in SUPPORT of petitions.

As of September 16, a total of 14,700 exclusion petitions were filed for Tranche 3, of which 45 companies filed a combined 311 petitions requesting exclusions for certain travel goods. The amount of travel goods petitions has more than doubled in the last week alone. The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) has not ruled on any petitions in over a month. In August, USTR granted exclusions for 15 petitions (none in the travel goods space) and denied 94 petitions, including 12 travel goods petitions. Again, the deadline to file petitions is September 30.

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