Annual GSP Review Results in Removal of Sleeping Bags
The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative announced last week the outcome of the 2010 annual review of the Generalized System of Preferences program. President Obama determined that certain non-down sleeping bags should be removed from eligibility for duty-free treatment under GSP as of Jan. 1, 2012, because of its import sensitivity. However, a request for similar action against two types of self-adhesive plastic tape was denied. The president has continued reviews of the GSP eligibility of the following countries in light of concerns about possible violations of the statutory eligibility criteria indicated: Bangladesh (worker rights), Niger (worker rights), the Philippines (worker rights), Sri Lanka (worker rights), Uzbekistan (worker rights/child labor/intellectual property rights), Lebanon (IPR), Russia (IPR) and Argentina (arbitral awards). The president also accepted a petition to review the eligibility of Georgia due to concerns about worker rights.
USTR will hold a public hearing Jan. 24 to consider petitions related to worker rights issues in Bangladesh, Georgia, Niger, the Philippines, Sri Lanka and Uzbekistan.