Importers, foreign governments, and others wishing to make changes in the coverage of the Generalized System of Preferences face an Oct. 17 deadline for submitting their petitions to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative.

Interested parties, including foreign governments, may submit petitions to:

- designate additional articles as eligible for GSP benefits, including when imported only from (a) least-developed beneficiary developing countries or (b) beneficiary sub-Saharan African countries under the African Growth and Opportunity Act;

- withdraw, suspend, or limit the application of GSP duty-free treatment with respect to any article; and

- otherwise modify GSP coverage.

Such petitions are due by Oct. 17 and must include a detailed description of the product and the eight-digit HTSUS subheading under which it is classified.

In addition, any interested party may submit a petition to review the GSP eligibility of any BDC with respect to any of the GSP designation criteria. These petitions are also due by Oct. 17.

For more information, or for assistance in preparing and submitting petitions, please contact Nicole Bivens Collinson at (202) 730-4956 or David Olave at (202) 730-4960.

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