GSP Eligibility of Various Countries Subject of Nov. 29 Hearing
The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative will hold a hearing Nov. 29 in its reviews of whether various countries are complying with the eligibility criteria of the Generalized System of Preferences. USTR is currently evaluating whether (1) Bolivia, Georgia, Iraq, Thailand, and Uzbekistan are affording workers internationally recognized worker rights, (2) Ecuador is recognizing as binding or enforcing applicable arbitral awards, and (3) Indonesia and Uzbekistan are providing adequate protection of intellectual property rights. USTR is also conducting a review of whether Laos should be newly designated as a GSP beneficiary.
Comments, pre-hearing briefs, and requests to appear at the hearing are due Nov. 13. Post-hearing briefs are due by Dec. 17.