Importers, foreign governments and others again have an opportunity to petition the U.S. government for changes in the coverage of the Generalized System of Preferences. The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative has initiated its annual review of the products and countries eligible for duty-free treatment under GSP and is accepting petitions seeking to add, preserve or remove GSP benefits. For more information on this process, or for assistance in preparing and submitting petitions for this review, please contact Nicole Bivens Collinson at (202) 730-4956 or David Olave at (202) 730-4960.

Product Review. 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. 4 and must include a detailed description of the product and the eight-digit HTSUS subheading under which it is classified.

Country Practices Review. Any interested party may submit a petition to:

- review the GSP eligibility of any BDC with respect to any of the GSP designation criteria (petitions due by Oct. 4); or

- waive the 2016 competitive need limitation for individual BDCs with respect to specific articles that would otherwise be removed from GSP eligibility (petitions due by Dec. 2).

USTR states that before submitting CNL waiver petitions prospective petitioners may wish to review the 2016 year-to-date import trade data for products of interest that is available here.

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