The International Trade Commission has instituted an investigation of the probable economic effect of the following proposed changes to the list of products eligible for duty-free treatment under the Generalized System of Preferences.

- eliminating import duties on the following articles from all GSP beneficiary developing countries by adding them to GSP eligibility: effervescent wine under HTSUS 2204.21.20, essential oils of lemon under HTSUS 3301.13.00, and ferromanganese containing by weight more than four percent of carbon under HTSUS 7202.11.50

- eliminating import duties on certain handbags and travel goods products from all GSP-eligible countries, least-developed BDCs and/or African Growth and Opportunity Act BDCs by adding them to GSP eligibility

- removing the following articles from the countries indicated from GSP eligibility: fluorescent brightening agent 32 (HTSUS 3204.20.10) and other fluorescent brightening agents (HTSUS 3204.20.80) from India and Indonesia, polyethylene terephthalate resin (HTSUS 3907.60.00) from India, and non-adhesive plates, sheets, film, foil and strip (HTSUS 3920.62.00 and 3921.90.40) from Brazil

- continuing GSP eligibility for the following products by waiving the competitive need limitations: whole fresh or dried dates (HTSUS 0804.10.60) and virgin olive oil (HTSUS 1509.10.40) from Tunisia, dead single-cell micro-organisms (HTSUS 2102.20.06) from Brazil, non-alcoholic beverages other than fruit or vegetable juices (HTSUS 2202.90.90) from Thailand, rare gases other than argon (HTSUS 2804.29.00) from Ukraine, insulated beverage bags (HTSUS 4202.92.04) from the Philippines, porcelain or china household table and kitchenware (HTSUS 6911.10.37) from Indonesia, and parts and accessories of motor vehicles (HTSUS 8708.50.95) from India

The ITC will hold a hearing in connection with this investigation Feb. 24. Requests to appear at the hearing are due by Feb. 1 and pre-hearing briefs and statements are due by Feb. 3. Post-hearing briefs and statements and all other written submissions are due by Feb. 29. The ITC expects to issue its final report to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative on April 28.

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