GSP Benefits for Burma and Laos Under Consideration
The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative has initiated reviews to consider designating Burma and Laos as beneficiary and/or least-developed beneficiary developing countries under the Generalized System of Preferences. Burma’s previous designation as a GSP beneficiary was suspended in July 1989 due to worker rights issues, but Laos has not previously been considered for program eligibility. The governments of both countries recently informed USTR of their interest in being considered for designation as GSP-eligible.
A hearing on this issue will be held June 4 in Washington, D.C. Comments, pre-hearing briefs and requests to appear at this hearing are due no later than May 17. Post-hearing briefs are due no later than June 25.