In connection with its annual review of product eligibility under the Generalized System of Preferences, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative has accepted petitions seeking the following.

- removal of GSP eligibility for HTSUS 3907.61.00 and 3907.69.00 (polyethylene terephthalate)

- waiver of competitive need limitation (and continuation of GSP eligibility) for HTSUS 3823.11.00 (stearic acid) from Indonesia and 9001.50.00 (spectacle lenses of materials other than glass, unmounted) from Thailand

- reinstatement of GSP eligibility for HTSUS 0603.13.00 (fresh cut orchids) from Thailand and HTSUS 4412.10.05 (bamboo plywood), 4412.31.41 (tropical wood plywood sheets), and 4418.73.40 (bamboo flooring panels) from Indonesia

A public hearing on these petitions will be held July 2 in Washington, D.C. Comments, pre-hearing briefs, and requests to appear at this hearing are due by June 26. Post-hearing comments are due by Aug. 15.

USTR anticipates that any modifications to the list of GSP-eligible articles resulting from this review will be effective as of Nov. 1.

For more information on GSP and how the proposed changes may affect your business, please contact trade consultant Nicole Bivens Collinson at (202) 730-4956.

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