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Instructions for Entry Filers on Pending Expiration of GSP and ATPA

Monday, July 15, 2013
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U.S. Customs and Border Protection issued July 12 a message outlining special filing procedures to be followed if the Generalized System of Preferences and the Andean Trade Preference Act (and the associated Andean Trade Promotion and Drug Eradication Act) expire as of midnight on July 31.

For GSP-eligible goods, importers should pay the normal trade relations (column 1) duty rate but continue to flag GSP-eligible importations with special program indicator A or A+, as applicable, until further notice. If GSP is renewed with a retroactive clause, use of these SPIs will allow CBP to process automatic duty refunds. 

CBP adds that goods eligible for preference under the African Growth and Opportunity Act may continue to receive such preferences on tariff items displaying SPI A, A+ or D in the “Special” column of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States. To do so, the importer will continue to file the entry summary with the appropriate SPI and without duty.

CBP notes that no corresponding procedure is available for the ATPA or ATPDEA programs.

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