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Tariffs: How to Apply for an Exclusion Request
September 9, 2019
As The Toy Association continues its aggressive advocacy and media campaign about the harmful impacts of tariffs on toys, members are encouraged to participate in an upcoming webinar that will detail how companies can apply for product-specific exclusions from the tariffs. “Tariffs on Toys: How to Apply for an Exclusion Request” will take place Wednesday, September 25 from 12 to 1 p.m. (Eastern).

Trump Announces 5% Tariff Increase; Toy Association Continues to Fight Back
August 23, 2019
President Trump tweeted on Friday afternoon that he plans to raise all U.S. tariffs on Chinese imports by 5 percent. Toys and other products on the upcoming list of goods to be taxed as of December 15 will now be subject to a 15 percent tariff, instead of the originally proposed 10 percent tariff.

Timely Industry Issues Discussed by Toy Association & Hong Kong Trade Development Council
August 20, 2019
Hong Kong’s protests and current business landscape, including preparations for upcoming toy industry activity, were among the topics discussed today by representatives of The Toy Association and the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC).

U.S. Toy Community Applauds Trump Administration’s Tariffs Delay on Toys
August 13, 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 – lauded the Trump administration’s decision to delay imposing a 10 percent tariff on most toys as a welcome reprieve for the toy industry going into the holiday season.

Counterfeits News: Toy Association Sends Industry Comments to Commerce Department
August 6, 2019
As part of its ongoing advocacy and education efforts surrounding the harmful impact of counterfeits on the toy community, The Toy Association recently submitted comments to the Department of Commerce in response to the Presidential Memorandum, “Combatting Trafficking in Counterfeit and Pirated Goods.”

BREAKING NEWS: President Trump Tweets Tariffs Back on the Table for $300 Billion in Consumer Goods
August 1, 2019
As The Toy Association continues to monitor ongoing trade talks between the U.S. and China, President Trump tweeted on Thursday that the U.S. will on September 1 put an additional tariff of 10 percent on the remaining $300 billion dollars of goods imported from China, which will likely include finished toys and all other toy-related items not yet subject to tariffs.

Counterfeit Concerns: Toy Association’s Rebecca Mond Testifies Before Congress
July 23, 2019
The Toy Association’s Rebecca Mond, vice president of federal government affairs, was invited by Congress to testify last week on the toy industry’s concerns regarding the prevalence of counterfeit toys sold on e-commerce platforms.

Toy Association Discusses Toy Safety with Medical Professionals & Child Safety Advocates
July 22, 2019
The Toy Association shared its toy and play safety resources with medical professionals, product safety specialists, and injury prevention advocates at PrevCon, a child injury prevention conference hosted by Safe Kids Worldwide, in Washington, DC last week.

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.