U.S. Customs and Border Protection has issued an administrative message stating that solar cells, solar panels, washing machines, and washing machine parts from Thailand and the Philippines may not currently receive duty-free treatment under the Generalized System of Preferences because they are subject to tariff-rate quotas under the Section 201 safeguard provisions. These are the only GSP-eligible goods subject to such measures at present.

CBP states that imports of such goods should pay the normal trade relations (column 1) duty rates and not submit the GSP special program indicator “A.” If Section 201 duties and GSP are on the same entry lines, no GSP refund will be issued for imports for the lapse period since 19 USC 2463(b)(2) precludes GSP benefits accruing to Section 201 goods.


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