Importers, foreign governments, and others 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. 17 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. 17); or

- waive the 2017 competitive need limitation for individual BDCs with respect to specific articles that would otherwise be removed from GSP eligibility (due date to be specified later).

In addition, USTR is adding a second day to a previously-announced hearing on Bolivia’s country practices to provide an opportunity to submit testimony on country practices petitions for Argentina, Ecuador, Georgia, Indonesia, Iraq, Laos, Thailand, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan that were accepted in previous years and continue to be under review. This hearing will now be conducted Sept. 26-27, comments and pre-hearing briefs are due by Sept. 12, and post-hearing briefs are due by Oct. 17.


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