OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES TRADE REPRESENTATIVE
[Docket No. USTR–2019–0001] Generalized System of Preferences (GSP): Notice Regarding the 2019 GSP Annual
AGENCY: Office of the United States Trade Representative.
ACTION: Notice of hearing and requests to testify and for public comments.
SUMMARY: The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) has
accepted petitions submitted in connection with the 2019 GSP Annual Product Review
for further review. This notice includes the schedule for submission of public comments
and the date of a public hearing to review these petitions and products by the GSP
Subcommittee of the Trade Policy Staff Committee (TPSC).
June 26, 2019 at midnight EDT: Deadline for submission of comments, pre-hearing
briefs, and requests to appear at the GSP Subcommittee Public Hearing on the 2019 GSP
Annual Product Review.
July 2, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. EDT: The GSP Subcommittee will convene a public hearing on
all petitioned product additions, product removals, and competitive needs limitation
(CNL) waiver petitions that it accepted for the 2019 GSP Annual Product Review. The
hearing will be in Rooms 1 and 2, 1724 F Street NW, Washington DC 20508, beginning
at 1:30 p.m.
August 15, 2019 at midnight EDT: Deadline for submission of post-hearing comments
or briefs in connection with the GSP Subcommittee Public Hearing.
This document is scheduled to be published in the
Federal Register on 06/14/2019 and available online at
https://federalregister.gov/d/2019-12589, and on govinfo.gov
September 7, 2019: USTR expects that the U.S. International Trade Commission
(USITC) will deliver a report to USTR providing advice on the probable economic
effects of adding products to GSP eligibility, removing products from GSP eligibility,
and granting CNL waiver petitions during the 2019 GSP Annual Product Review.
Interested parties can post comments on the USITC report on www.regulations.gov using
Docket Number USTR-2019-0001 (instructions for submissions are provided below).
Comments are due ten calendar days after the publication date of the USITC’s public
November 1, 2019: Effective date for any modifications that the President proclaims to
the list of articles eligible for duty-free treatment under GSP resulting from the 2019 GSP
Annual Product Review and for determinations related to CNL waivers.
ADDRESSES: USTR strongly prefers electronic submissions made through the Federal
Rulemaking Portal: https://www.regulations.gov, using docket number USTR-2019-
0001. Follow the instructions for submitting comments in “Requirements for
Submissions” below. For alternatives to on-line submissions, please contact Yvonne
Jamison at (202) 395–3475.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Erland Herfindahl, Deputy Assistant
USTR for GSP, 1724 F Street NW, Washington DC 20508. The telephone number is
(202) 395-2974 and the e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
The GSP program provides for the duty-free importation of designated articles
when imported from designated beneficiary developing countries. The GSP program is
authorized by Title V of the Trade Act of 1974 (19 U.S.C. 2461-2467), as amended, and
is implemented in accordance with Executive Order 11888 of November 24, 1975, as
modified by subsequent Executive Orders and Presidential Proclamations.
B. Petitions Requesting Modifications of GSP Product Eligibility
In a notice published in the Federal Register on March 25, 2019 (84 FR 11150),
USTR announced the 2019 GSP Annual Product Review and indicated that the GSP
Subcommittee was prepared to receive petitions to modify the list of products that are
eligible for duty-free treatment under the GSP program and petitions to waive CNLs on
imports of certain products from specific beneficiary countries. The GSP Subcommittee
has reviewed the product and CNL waiver petitions submitted in response to these
announcements, and has decided to accept for review several petitions seeking to: remove
products from GSP eligibility for certain GSP beneficiary countries; waive certain CNLs;
and redesignate certain products to GSP eligibility for certain GSP beneficiary countries.
USTR posted a list of petitions and products accepted for review at
current-reviews/2019-annual under the title “Petitions Accepted in the 2019 GSP
Annual Product Review.” You also can find this list at www.regulations.gov in Docket
Number USTR-2019-0001. Acceptance indicates only that the TPSC found that the
subject petition warranted further consideration and that a review of the requested action
will take place.
The GSP Subcommittee invites public comments on any petition it has accepted for
the 2019 GSP Annual Product Review. Public comments are due on June 26, 2019, at
midnight EDT. The GSP Subcommittee also will convene a public hearing on these
products and petitions. See below for information on how to submit a request to testify at
C. Notice of Public Hearing for the GSP Product Review
The GSP Subcommittee will hold a hearing on July 2, 2019, beginning at 1:30
p.m., for products and petitions accepted for the 2019 GSP Annual Product Review. The
hearing will be held at 1724 F Street NW, Washington DC 20508 and will be open to the
public. USTR will make a transcript of the hearing available on www.regulations.gov
approximately two weeks after the hearing date.
All interested parties wishing to make an oral presentation at the hearing must
submit, following the “Requirements for Submissions” below, the name, address,
telephone number, and e-mail address (if available), of the witness(es) representing their
organization by midnight, June 26, 2019. Requests to present oral testimony in
connection with the public hearing must include a written brief or summary statement, in
English, which you also must submit by midnight, June 26, 2019. Oral testimony before
the GSP Subcommittee will be limited to five-minute presentations that summarize or
supplement information contained in briefs or statements submitted for the record. USTR
will accept post-hearing briefs or statements that conform to the regulations cited below
and you submit, in English, by midnight, August 15, 2019. Parties not wishing to appear
at the public hearing may submit pre-hearing and post-hearing briefs or comments by the
D. Requirements for Submissions
You must submit requests to testify, written comments, and pre-hearing and posthearing
briefs by the applicable deadlines set forth in this notice. You must make all
submissions in English via http://www.regulations.gov, using Docket Number USTR-
2019-0001. USTR will not accept hand-delivered submissions. To make a submission
using http://www.regulations.gov, enter the appropriate docket number in the ‘search for’
field on the home page and click ‘search.’ The site will provide a search-results page
listing all documents associated with this docket. Find a reference to this notice by
selecting ‘notice’ under ‘document type’ in the ‘filter results by’ section on the left side
of the screen and click on the link entitled ‘comment now.’ The regulations.gov website
offers the option of providing comments by filling in a ‘type comment’ field or by
attaching a document using the ‘upload file(s)’ field. The GSP Subcommittee prefers that
you provide submissions in an attached document and note ‘see attached’ in the ‘type
comment’ field on the online submission form. At the beginning of the submission, or on
the first page (if an attachment) include the following text (in bold and underlined): (1)
“2019 GSP Annual Product Review”; (2) the subject matter or the product description
and related HTS tariff number; and (3) whether the document is a ‘written comment’,
‘notice of intent to testify,’ ‘pre-hearing brief,’ or ‘post-hearing brief.’ Submissions
should not exceed thirty single-spaced, standard letter-size pages in twelve-point type,
including attachments. Include any data attachments to the submission in the same file as
the submission itself, and not as separate files.
You will receive a tracking number upon completion of the submission procedure
at http://www.regulations.gov. The tracking number is confirmation that regulations.gov
received the submission. Keep the confirmation for your records. USTR is not able to
provide technical assistance for the website. USTR may not consider documents you do
not submit in accordance with these instructions. If you are unable to provide
submissions as requested, please contact the GSP Program at USTR to arrange for an
alternative method of transmission.
E. Business Confidential Submissions
If you ask USTR to treat information you submitted as business confidential
information (BCI), you must certify that the information is business confidential and you
would not customarily release it to the public. You must clearly designate BCI by
marking the submission “BUSINESS CONFIDENTIAL” at the top and bottom of the
cover page and each succeeding page, and indicating, via brackets, the specific
information that is BCI. Additionally, you must include ‘Business Confidential’ in the
‘type comment’ field. For any submission containing BCI, you must separately submit a
non-confidential version, i.e., not as part of the same submission with the confidential
version, indicating where BCI has been redacted. USTR will post the non-confidential
version in the docket and it will be open to public inspection.
F. Public Viewing of Review Submissions
Submissions in response to this notice, except for information granted business
confidential status under 15 CFR 2003.6, will be available for public viewing pursuant to
15 CFR 2007.6 at http://www.regulations.gov upon completion of processing, usually
within two weeks of the relevant due date or date of the submission. USTR will make
public versions of all documents relating to these reviews available for public viewing in
Docket Number USTR-2019-0001 at http://www.regulations.gov upon completion of