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CBP Reminds Importers of Protest Options for Denied GSP Refunds

Friday, November 02, 2018
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced Oct. 31 that it has processed more than 400,000 entry lines for Generalized System of Preferences-eligible goods entered while GSP was lapsed between Jan. 1 and April 21 and is now manually processing the remaining 22,000 lines submitted with the special program indicator “A” at entry summary. CBP anticipates that the processing of these lines by its Centers of Excellence and Expertise will take several months.

While CBP anticipates that the vast majority of these remaining lines will be refunded, importers that ultimately do not receive refunds will be able to exercise their protest rights once the entry has reached liquidation (typically one year) and for a period of 180 days, as provided for in 19 USC 1514. Importers and brokers that believe a refund remains due are encouraged to query the Automated Commercial Environment to ensure the importation was made during the lapse period and that GSP was claimed with the SPI “A.” For importations filed without the SPI “A” at entry summary, the post-importation GSP claim period expired Sept. 19 and no recourse is available.

CBP also advises that neither refunds of less than $20 nor refunds for imports with Argentina as the country of origin will be issued. In addition, refunds for lines subject to antidumping or countervailing duties will be issued only upon receipt of the liquidation order from the International Trade Administration.

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