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  • New trade developments with Thailand and China: Outdoor Industry Association's Rich Harper provided an update this week, with news of the U.S. preserving duty-free market access for backpacks, sports bags, and other travel goods under the Generalized System of Preferences. Harper also said the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) launched a formal process for companies to file petitions to exclude products sourced from China – including outdoor apparel, footwear, equipment and sporting goods – from the 15 percent punitive tariff that went into effect on Sept. 1 (List 4a). Read more from OIA here.
  • ICYMI: Backcountry CEO responded to the passionate boycotters scraping goat stickers off their cars and professing that they'll never buy from the online retailer again. Here's the full story.
  • Patagonia is keeping an eye on Trump: The brand says it's preparing to take the president to court over the new Endangered Species Act regulations, which change how the government would protect rare plans and animals.
  • Recyclable running shoe: Salomon just debuted a running shoe (pictured above) that can be fully recycled into a ski boot shell. It's part of the brand's Play Minded Program, which aims to protect playgrounds and produce sustainable products.
  • Bike news: The Philly Bike Expo wrapped up its 10th show—the biggest show ever with more than 200 vendors and nearly 5,000 attendees to the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Diversity and inclusivity were the prevailing themes of this year’s show.