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Make Yourself Memorable


Real life is more engaging than online experience, sparking more lasting, memorable impressions than information passively gleaned through the screen. Give your products the hands-on debut they deserve, not an online rollout that’s forgotten at the close of a browser window. Contact Cathy Trecartin –, 877-842-1938, x-702 – and be part of The Travel Goods Show, the best launch vehicle for new travel gear.

November 13 TGA Member-Only Webinar: Mitigating Tariffs – The Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB) Process


Through the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB) process, Congress allows importers to petition for the temporary reduction or elimination of tariffs on U.S. imports of certain products as long as there is no U.S. production of the product. The current process has just started, with petitions due by December 10. The process ends with Congress voting on a final package of MTB provisions in fall 2020, with the temporary tariff reductions going into effect January 1, 2021 for a period of three years. While that might seem a far way off, TGA is working with companies NOW to participate in the MTB process, to get petitions in by the December 10 deadline. RSVP to TGA’s Nate Herman to join TGA’s November 13 member-only webinar on how you can use the MTB process to mitigate tariffs.

Still Waiting…China Tariff Exclusion Process Still Moves at Snail's Pace


The U.S. government's review of the 30,322 tariff exclusions requests for the 25% punitive tariffs on U.S. imports from China filed by the September 30 deadline barely moved in the last week, with the U.S. government, more than a month after the petition deadline close, still having only reviewed 2,174 petitions – a mere 7.2% of all petitions filed to date. Further, only 156 petitions have been approved to date, none for travel goods. Before the deadline, 146 companies filed a combined 863 exclusion petitions on travel goods. To date, 63 of those petitions have been denied. TGA has urged the U.S. government to accelerate its review.

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, Notice 4, Notice 5, Notice 6), crossbody bags (Notice 1, Notice 2), duffel bags (Notice 1, Notice 2), passport/ID holders (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, Notice 25, Notice 26, Notice 27, Notice 28, Notice 29, Notice 30), wallets (Notice 1, Notice 2, Notice 3, Notice 4, Notice 5, Notice 6, Notice 7) backpacks (Notice 1, Notice 2, Notice 3, Notice 4, Notice 5, Notice 6, Notice 7, Notice 8, Notice 9, Notice 10), cosmetic bags (Notice 1, Notice 2, Notice 3, Notice 4, Notice 5), travel cases/bags (Notice 1, Notice 2, Notice 3, Notice 4), phone/tablet cases/holders/sleeves/dry bags (Notice 1, Notice 2), fanny packs (Notice 1, Notice 2, Notice 3, Notice 4, Notice 5, Notice 6), and travel kits (Notice 1) in California that contained lead, 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 that made and sold these products. Check out TGA’s California Proposition 65 (Prop 65) Best Practices Guidance. This member-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 Puzzling Tariff Exclusion Process


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Holiday Travel: When to Buy, When to Fly, How to Save


Thanksgiving is a few short weeks away and just three weeks later, Christmas, which means many will take to the skies in the coming weeks. If you haven't purchased your holiday airfare yet, there's still time. Keep in mind: The flexible flier is the one in the least expensive seat. READ MORE

Fifth Avenue Rents Decline as Retail Stores Struggle


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