Trade Preferences: One Goal, Different Approaches
Webinar: 1 CCS Credit
Larger economies such as Australia, Canada, the European Union, Japan, and the United States each have their own program (typically referred to as a generalized system or scheme of preferences) permitting duty-free imports from developing countries in an effort to aid their economic development. However, the rules of these programs and the countries and products they cover can vary significantly and may change from year to year. In addition, preference programs in the EU and Canada have recently undergone major reforms, while the U.S. is considering a similar overhaul ahead of the scheduled expiration of its program at the end of 2017. This webinar will review the past, present, and future of various GSP programs and how companies can use them to their benefit.
- eligible countries and products
- rules of origin
- annual review cycle in the U.S.
- past and future GSP reforms in the EU and Canada
- expiration of U.S. GSP and potential reforms
Alvaro Ferreira is an economist and international trade advisor who serves as an Independent Consultant through ST&R’s Washington, D.C., office. Mr. Ferreira advises foreign governments, trade associations and multinational corporations in Latin America, the U.S. and Asia on a wide variety of economic, commercial, regulatory and international trade subjects. He monitors and interprets trade rules, legislation and policy in the U.S., the European Union, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Mexico, Peru and various other countries in Latin America and around the world.
David Olave is Director, International Trade and Government Relations, for Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, P.A., resident in the Washington, D.C., office. He employs a unique blend of experience in trade negotiations, legislative procedures, lobbying and civil society outreach to advise clients on the potential impact of trade-related legislation and to work with the U.S. government to address clients’ needs. His areas of expertise include free trade agreement negotiations, the Generalized System of Preferences, the miscellaneous trade bill, international labor and corporate social responsibility standards, state and federal product safety regulations, and designing effective government relations and messaging strategies for firm clients.