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Toy Tariffs Delayed as U.S. and China Resume Trade Talks
July 1, 2019
As The Toy Association continues to monitor and advocate to protect the U.S. toy industry, Association leadership have been closely following the Trump administration’s decision to delay implementation of the “fourth list” of tariffs on $300 billion of Chinese imports, including all finished toys. Tariffs on Chinese products from lists one through three remain in effect including some inputs, components, and raw materials for domestic toy production.

Toy Association Testifies at USTR Hearing: Tariffs Would Devastate Toy Industry
June 24, 2019
The Toy Association testified today at the U.S. Trade Representative’s (USTR) Special 301 Committee hearing regarding proposed tariffs on approximately $300 billion in Chinese products, including toys.

British Toymakers: “Stop the Sale of Unsafe Toys Online”
June 21, 2019
According to a new white paper released by the British Toy and Hobby Association (BTHA), 58 percent of toys selected for assessment from online marketplaces are non-compliant with UK toy safety regulations and illegal for sale in that country. The BTHA, which represents toymakers across the UK, is calling for action from the government to ensure unsafe toys are removed from the market.

Tariffs Update: Toy Association's Tariffs Fight Continues as USTR Hearings Begin
June 18, 2019
As the U.S. Trade Representative’s (USTR) Special 301 Committee held its first day of hearings on Monday regarding proposed tariffs on approximately $300 billion worth of Chinese products, The Toy Association continued its aggressive advocacy campaign against tariffs on toys. Though The Toy Association is not scheduled to testify at USTR until June 24, Rebecca Mond, vice president of federal government affairs, was on Capitol Hill on Monday to raise awareness about the negative impact tariffs would have on the toy industry.

Toy Companies Might Experience Delays at the Port of New York and New Jersey
June 17, 2019
The Toy Association has learned that 50 U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers have been moved by the Trump administration from the Port of New York and New Jersey to the southern U.S. border, putting a strain on the port’s ability to handle rising cargo volumes at the start of peak shipping season (July). As a result, Toy Association members may experience longer than normal delays in clearing customs.

Minneapolis Media Invited to Talk China Tariffs with Toy Company Leaders at Biz Conference
June 14, 2019
As America’s toy community convenes in Minneapolis for the Annual Business Conference, leaders from toy companies, allied businesses, and The Toy Association will be available on-site for media interviews detailing the potential impacts of the looming threat of tariffs on toys imported from China and other topical issues.

Toy Association Requests to Testify at Hearing on Proposed Tariffs on Toys
June 11, 2019
President Trump canceled plans to impose a 5 percent tax on all Mexican imports after reaching an agreement on immigration policy with Mexican officials on Friday; however, the threat of 25 percent tariffs on $300 billion in Chinese imports, including all finished toys, is looming. The Toy Association is actively fighting back against these tariffs and urging toy companies to get involved.

Toy Association Opposes Administration’s Threat to Impose Tariffs on Goods Imported from Mexico
June 4, 2019
The Toy Association opposes President Trump’s plan to impose escalating tariffs, starting at 5 percent, on all U.S. imports from Mexico as a retaliation against the country’s immigration enforcement actions.

Help Defeat Harmful Legislation in NY State
May 29, 2019
The Toy Association is urging the toy community to help defeat New York’s AB6296/S501B – state legislation that creates a broad chemical disclosure program for children’s products and bans products containing chemicals arbitrarily selected as “dangerous.”

Share the New “Don’t Tax Toys” Video on Social Media
May 28, 2019
A powerful video has been created as part of The Toy Association’s aggressive efforts to fight back against the Trump administration’s proposed 25 percent tariffs on toys made in China.

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.”