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USTR Announces Changes to Trade Preference Programs, Including New GSP Eligibility for Travel Goods

: US Customs

GSP Annual Review Modifies List of Duty-Free GSP-Eligible Products to Include Certain Travel Goods 2017-07-06

By way of this June 29, 2017 Press Release, the U.S. Trade Representative is authorizing duty-free treatment for certain travel goods of tariff heading 4202 under the Generalized System of Preferences. The list also includes USTR’s decisions to add other products to GSP as well.
The list of the results of the 2016-2017 GSP Review can be reviewed here.
The USTR’s announcement on GSP will: 
  1. Launch a self-initiated review of Bolivia’s compliance with the GSP eligibility criteria related to child labor, the first such self-initiation of a review in this century;
  2. Remove certain products from the GSP program where the country is sufficiently competitive and no longer needs tariff preferences to compete in the U.S. market;
  3. Add certain travel goods to the list of eligible products for all GSP countries where there is currently minimal U.S. production of these products; and
  4. Add several non-import sensitive products to GSP, all of which are used as inputs in U.S. manufacturing. 
The full results of the GSP 2016/2017 Annual Review are available here and will also be announced in the Federal Register.
Background: Under the GSP program, certain products from 120 beneficiary developing countries and territories can enter the U.S. duty-free.  To qualify for GSP, a beneficiary country must meet eligibility criteria established by the U.S. Congress, including respecting arbitral awards, combating child labor, respecting internationally recognized worker rights, providing adequate and effective intellectual property protection, and providing the U.S. with equitable and reasonable market access.

Source: Office of the USTR


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