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Trump’s Latest Tariffs Threaten the American Toy Economy – Help Us Push Back!
May 20, 2019
Steve Pasierb, president and CEO of The Toy Association, shares how the Association is aggressively fighting tariffs on Chinese imports and urges the toy industry to get involved.

“Don’t Tax Toys”: Join Our Fight Against Trump’s Tariffs
May 14, 2019
The Toy Association is leading industry advocacy efforts to aggressively oppose President Trump’s proposal of a 25 percent tariff on $300 billion worth of Chinese imports, including toys.

America’s Toy Community Says Trump’s Tariffs Will Hurt Families, Jobs, & Businesses
May 14, 2019
The Toy Association – the not-for-profit trade association representing the toy, game, and youth entertainment product businesses that drive the annual $28 billion American toy market and are leaders around the world – announced today that the Trump administration’s proposed 25 percent tariffs on $300 billion in Chinese imports, including children’s toys, would irreparably harm American families, jobs, and businesses.

Get the Latest Info on Tariffs & Influencer Marketing at Annual Business Conference
May 13, 2019
The Toy Association has added two new informative seminars aimed at offering toy companies critical updates about tariffs on Chinese imports and strategies for brands to develop successful influencer marketing campaigns at The Toy Association’s Annual Business Conference (ABC), taking place June 18 to 19 in Minneapolis, MN, co-hosted by Target.

UPDATE: Trump Renews Tariff Threat, Possible 25 Percent Tariffs on Toy Imports from China
May 7, 2019
The Toy Association is closely monitoring recent news that, on Friday, President Trump will increase the duty rate to 25 percent on $200 billion worth of Chinese imports already subject to 10 percent tariffs. Additionally, as early as today, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) may propose a new 25 percent tariff on the remaining Chinese imports not yet subject to additional tariffs. Toys, not yet subject to tariffs in the ongoing U.S.-China trade dispute, could be on this so-called “fourth list.”

Toy Association’s Rebecca Mond Engages with Top White House Officials on Counterfeits
May 3, 2019
The Toy Association’s Rebecca Mond, vice president of federal government affairs, last week participated in a White House Roundtable on reducing illicit, knockoff, and counterfeit goods sold through e-commerce platforms. The roundtable focused on the issues rights owners face in policing their brands online; steps platforms are taking to address illicit activity; and possible regulatory or legislative solutions to the issue.

Toy Association Participates in Drone Regulatory Roundtable
April 29, 2019
The Toy Association last week participated in a roundtable stakeholder meeting on recreational drones which covered new Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) restrictions on hobbyist and recreation drone users, including the requirement that operators must pass an aeronautical knowledge and safety test and have proof of passage available to law enforcement officials upon request.

Updates from the ASTM Subcommittee on Toy Safety
April 29, 2019
The ASTM F15.22 Subcommittee on Toy Safety, which oversees the ASTM F963 toy safety standard, convened for a special meeting last week in Ottawa, Canada, to continue an initiative to align U.S. and Canadian toy safety requirements.

Toy Association Hosts Successful Game Night for State Legislators
April 23, 2019
The Toy Association hosted a fun-filled game night at the North Dakota State Capitol building in Bismarck, ND on April 10, bringing together 80 legislators and staff from both sides of the aisle for a successful team-building event. The evening highlighted the playful nature of The Toy Association and the toy industry, as well as the skill-building fun that games bring people of all ages.

Help Defeat Harmful Legislation Affecting Toy Companies in NY State
April 18, 2019
The Toy Association is alerting members of harmful legislation that would prevent many toy companies from doing business in New York State. Members are encouraged to get involved and urge lawmakers to vote against Senate Bill 501B/Assembly Bill 6296B by attending The Toy Association’s upcoming legislative day, or by sending a letter of concern to leadership in the New York State legislature.

Toy Association’s Rebecca Mond Speaks on U.S.-China Trade Relationship at Guangzhou Toy Fair
April 15, 2019
Rebecca Mond, The Toy Association’s vice president of federal government affairs, spoke in front of a packed audience during the “Toy Talks Forum” at the Guangzhou International Toy & Education Fair last week.

Toy Association Praises Administration’s Commitment to Cracking Down on Counterfeit Goods
April 4, 2019
The Toy Association supports a new White House memorandum that aims to curb the online sale of knockoff goods. Signed by President Trump on April 3, the memorandum seeks recommendations for reducing the trade of counterfeit and pirated goods, including those that are sold through online third-party marketplaces, and aims to expand and enhance existing efforts to better address the scale, scope, and consequences of counterfeit and pirated goods trafficking.

Toy Association Talks Toy Safety with Pediatric Medical Community
March 22, 2019
The Toy Association continued its partnership with the pediatric medical community and spread the word about safe play at the annual Advanced Pediatric Emergency Medicine (PEM) Assembly, held March 19 to 21 in Anaheim, CA.

Freight Rates on U.S. Imports from Asia Could Increase as much as 20 Percent in 2019-2020 Contracts
March 11, 2019
The Toy Association has learned that contract freight rates on U.S. imports from Asia are projected to increase by as much as 20 percent in 2019.

Toy Association’s Rebecca Mond Testifies on Enforcement Against Counterfeit and Unsafe Toys
March 5, 2019
The Toy Association’s Rebecca Mond, vice president of federal government affairs, recently spoke in front of key government agencies in support of U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) and the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC) enforcement efforts against the upsurge in knockoff, counterfeit, and otherwise illicit toys being sold via online marketplaces.