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Recently, Thailand lost duty-free entry under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program for approximately one-third of its exports to the U.S. Included in the list of tariff numbers losing GSP eligibility were contact lenses (HTS 9001.30.00), glass spectacle lenses (HTS 9001.40.00), and spectacles, goggles and the like, corrective or…

The California Legislature recently passed a major law that substantially changed the way companies doing business in California will determine if workers are independent contractors or employees. The law—Assembly Bill 5 (AB 5)—was signed into law by California Governor Gavin Newsom on Sept. 18, 2019 and will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2020.…

The Vision Council's Lab Division is proud to release the newly updated Chemical Management Manual—a compilation and explanation of federal safety and environmental laws of relevance to optical labs.

The updated manual can be…

Earlier today the Chinese commerce ministry announced an agreement with the U.S. to cancel the China 301 tariffs in phases, without a set timeline for implementation. Neither the United States Trade Representative (USTR) or the White House have made an official statement regarding the possible agreement.

The Vision Council is optimistic…

Dear Valued Member,

As the global voice for vision care products and services, The Vision Council represents many manufacturers and suppliers of the optical industry and aims to position members for success in a competitive marketplace.

The Vision Council continuously evaluates and evolves member services to ensure that they meet…

Dear Valued Member,

As the global voice for vision care products and services, The Vision Council represents many manufacturers and suppliers of the optical industry and aims to position members for success in a competitive marketplace.

The Vision Council continuously evaluates and evolves member services to ensure that they meet…

On Friday, October 11, 2019, President Trump announced that the planned increase from 25 percent to 30 percent on the China 301 duties scheduled for October 15, 2019 has been delayed indefinitely. This increase covered tariff numbers identified on China 301 lists 1, 2 and 3.

Notably, this delay affects eyeglass cases, eyeglass cleaning…

Dear Valued Member,

As a member of The Vision Council you play a fundamental role in moving the optical industry forward by contributing your skills and services, voicing your opinions, and participating in initiatives and forums put on by the organization. As The Vision Council's leadership team sets out to learn more about diversity and…

Dear Valued Member,

On Oct. 2, 2019, the World Trade Organization (WTO) authorized President Trump to impose tariffs on $7.5 billion worth of European goods as part of a dispute involving illegal subsidies provided to Airbus. After a review of the list of European goods subject to these new tariffs, it has been determined that, as of now…