This is it, your last chance to win something good just for registering to attend The Travel Goods Show! TWO lucky attendees will each win a pair of tickets to tour NOLA’s Garden District and famed Lafayette Cemetery with Unique NOLA Tours. THREE attendees will win a pair of tickets for a guided Evening Jazz Discovery Tour with New Orleans Urban Adventures Tour Company. That’s five chances to win, and all you need to do is Register NOW. And congratulations to last week's winners: Chaney Kourouniotis of Rick Steves Europe who won 2 tickets for a Live Jazz Cruise aboard the Steamboat Nanchez; Kara Beck of Stellar Partners who will enjoy a Craft Cocktail Tour for 2 in the French Quarter; and Jennifer Fendelander of Ross Stores who scored a $50 gift card for the finest beignets and dark coffee with chicory at Cafe du Monde.
TGA is actively monitoring the evolving coronavirus situation. If you are interested in the most up-to-date information, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) websites. Please note that the WHO has just issued a Level 3 Warning to avoid all non-essential travel to China. TGA will continue to advise members as the situation develops.
The U.S. government's review of the 30,322 tariff exclusion requests to remove the 25% punitive tariffs on certain U.S. imports from China has again stalled, with no new decisions since December 31. The only relief for the industry to date came when the U.S. government granted the exclusion request for certain leather brief bags (under HTS 4202110030). That means anyone (not just the petitioner) importing the subject bags from China that meet the description in the Federal Register notice (See Page 6, #5) will no longer have to pay the punitive 25% tariff on those imports (until August 7, 2020). Further, they are eligible for refunds of the punitive tariffs paid to date, retroactive to September 24, 2018. Of the 863 exclusion petitions filed on travel goods, only 389 of those petitions (45.1%) have been reviewed to date, with all but one petition reviewed to date being denied (see above).
The public comment period on Miscellaneous Tariff Bills (MTB) petitions is now open. Over 40 MTB petitions have been filed, with petitioners seeking the temporary reduction of tariffs on U.S. imports of certain products as long as there is no U.S. production of the product. 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. The tariff reductions benefit anyone importing the same product. TGA urges companies to file comments on the petitions relevant to their products.
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