Background

The International Trade Commission has launched an investigation into the likely economic impact of the following possible modifications to the Generalized System of Preferences.

Additions

(from all beneficiary developing countries)

- HTSUS 1104.19.90 (rolled or flaked grains of cereals, other than of barley or oats)

- HTSUS 2008.20.00 (pineapples, otherwise prepared or preserved)

- HTSUS 2915.90.18 (saturated acyclic monocarboxylic acids)

- HTSUS 3809.93.50 (finishing agents, dye carriers, and other preparations used in leather and like industries, < 5% by weight aromatic (mod.) substance(s))

- HTSUS 3912.20.00 (cellulose nitrates (including collodions) in primary forms)

Removal

- HTSUS 2922.49.4020 (glycine – part of 2922.49.40, “amino acids”) from all BDCs

Competitive need limitation waivers

(CNL waivers would retain GSP eligibility for these goods)

- HTSUS 0410.00.00 (edible products of animal origin) from Indonesia

- HTSUS 0714.90.10 (fresh or chilled dasheens, whether or not sliced or in the form of pellets) from Ecuador

- HTSUS 4011.20.10 (new pneumatic radial tires, of rubber, of a kind used on buses or trucks) from Indonesia

- HTSUS 4409.10.05 (coniferous wood continuously shaped along any of its ends, whether or not also continuously shaped along any of its edges or faces) from Brazil

- HTSUS 6802.99.00 (monumental or building stone and articles thereof, further worked than simply cut/sawn) from Brazil

- HTSUS 8525.80.30 (television cameras) from Thailand

- HTSUS 9001.50.00 (spectacle lenses of materials other than glass, unmounted) from Thailand

The ITC will hold a public hearing in connection with this investigation on Feb. 21. Requests to appear at this hearing are due by Feb. 3. Written comments for the record are due no later than March 3. The ITC intends to submit its confidential report to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative by May 4.

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