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USTR Begins 2013 Annual GSP Product and Country Practices Review

Monday, July 29, 2013
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The Office of the United States Trade Representative has initiated its 2013 Annual GSP Product and Country Practices Review. Under this process, petitions may be filed no later than October 4, 2013 to modify the list of articles eligible for duty-free treatment under the Generalized System of Preferences or to review the GSP status of any beneficiary developing country. Petitions must be filed no later than November 22 to request waivers of competitive need limitations.

Interested parties, including foreign governments, may submit petitions to:

- Designate additional articles as eligible for GSP benefits as long as imported from countries designated as least-developed beneficiary developing countries or only from countries designated as beneficiary sub-Saharan African countries under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA).

- Withdraw, suspend or limit the application of duty-free treatment accorded under the GSP.

- Waive the competitive need limitation (CNL) for individual beneficiary developing countries with respect to specific GSP-eligible articles.

- Otherwise modify GSP coverage.

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