Administration Launches Focused Review of Travel Goods Eligibility for All Developing Countries


Following strong lobbying from Gemini Shippers Group and a number of other stakeholders in the business community, Congress, and the diplomatic community, the Administration has launched a focused review to determine if 28 categories of travel goods can be designated for duty free access under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP). The review follows an earlier process, in which FASA/Gemini participated, that resulted the designation of these products for least developed developing countries under the GSP and African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) programs. The process launched this week, if successful, could result in duty free treatment for the remaining GSP eligible countries. Under the process, the Administration will receive two sets of comments in October, and hold a hearing on October 18. The Administration has pledged to make a decision by January 2017. Gemini Shippers Group will participate in this process.