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April 18 Deadline for GSP Duty Refund Claims

Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

U.S. Customs and Border Protection has announced an April 18, 2012, deadline for filing claims for refunds of duties paid on Generalized System of Preferences-eligible merchandise entered or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption during the period Jan. 1 through Nov. 4, 2011.

GSP expired Jan. 1, 2011, but was retroactively renewed effective Nov. 4. CBP has begun processing refunds for entries filed via the Automated Broker Interface with the special program indicator “A” for duties deposited on GSP-eligible goods during the period Jan. 1 through Nov. 4. For entries filed with the SPI “A” that have reached their liquidation date, CBP will reliquidate with the retroactive GSP benefits.

CBP adds that claims for retroactive GSP benefits on non-ABI entries or entries filed without the SPI “A” must be filed by April 18, 2012, and should be filed at the port where the goods were entered. CBP recommends that importers monitor refunds to ensure their receipt of applicable duties because claims for retroactive GSP refunds do not have a separate 180-day protest period in addition to the time period specified in H.R. 2832, the GSP renewal law.

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