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ITC Report Examines Requested GSP Modifications

Wednesday, June 01, 2016
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The International Trade Commission has released a public version of its confidential report on the probable economic effect of the following proposed changes to the list of products eligible for duty-free treatment under the Generalized System of Preferences. This report does not include the ITC’s advice but does provide information on the U.S. industry and market, GSP import situation, and U.S. imports and exports for each product.

- eliminating import duties on the following articles from all GSP beneficiary developing countries by adding them to GSP eligibility: effervescent wine under HTSUS 2204.21.20, essential oils of lemon under HTSUS 3301.13.00, and ferromanganese containing by weight more than four percent of carbon under HTSUS 7202.11.50

- eliminating import duties on certain handbags and travel goods from all GSP BDCs, least-developed BDCs, and both LDBDCs and African Growth and Opportunity Act BDCs by adding them to GSP eligibility

- removing the following articles from the countries indicated from GSP eligibility: fluorescent brightening agent 32 (HTSUS 3204.20.10) and other fluorescent brightening agents (HTSUS 3204.20.80) from India and Indonesia, polyethylene terephthalate resin (HTSUS 3907.60.00) from India, and non-adhesive plates, sheets, film, foil and strip (HTSUS 3920.62.00 and 3921.90.40) from Brazil

- continuing GSP eligibility for the following products by waiving the competitive need limitations: pitted dates (HTSUS 0804.10.60) from Tunisia, inactive yeasts and other dead single-cell micro-organisms (HTSUS 2102.20.60) from Brazil, non-alcoholic beverages other than fruit or vegetable juices of heading 2009 (HTSUS 2202.90.90) from Thailand, and half-shafts for drive axles of motor vehicles (HTSUS 8708.50.95) from India

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