GSP Petition Deadline Extended to Dec. 30
The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative has extended through Dec. 30 the deadline for all petitions submitted as part of the 2011 annual review of the Generalized System of Preferences. This includes petitions to modify the list of products eligible for duty-free treatment under GSP or modify the GSP status of certain beneficiary developing countries because of country practices, which had been due by Dec. 5, as well as petitions requesting competitive need limitation waivers, which had been due by Dec. 16.
Interested parties, including foreign governments, may submit petitions to (1) designate additional articles as eligible for GSP benefits, including only for countries designated as least-developed BDCs or only for countries designated as beneficiary sub-Saharan African countries under the African Growth and Opportunity Act; (2) withdraw, suspend or limit the application of GSP duty-free treatment with respect to any article, either for all BDCs, LDBDCs or beneficiary SSA countries or any of these countries individually; (3) waive the CNL for individual BDCs with respect to specific GSP-eligible articles; or (4) otherwise modify GSP coverage. Interested parties may also submit petitions to review the GSP eligibility of any BDC with respect to any of the eligibility criteria in 19 USC 2462(b) and (c).