Modifications to the U.S. GSP for Additions, Removals and Competitive Need Limitation Waivers

Attached is a letter addressing an issue that may be of interest to certain of the association members, as well as of the importing community.

Pursuant to a request from the U.S. Trade Representative, the U.S. International Trade Commission has revised the scope for a recently initiated investigation concerning possible modifications to the statistical reporting numbers related to certain handbags and travel goods products that are being considered for addition to the list of GSP-eligible products: 4202.92.30.20; 4202.92.30.31; 4202.92.30.91;4202.92.90.26 and; 4202.92.90.60.

Per request, the USITC will provide its advice as to the probable economic effect on total U.S.imports, U.S. industries producing like or directly competitive articles, and on U.S. consumers of the elimination of U.S. import duties on the five articles for all beneficiary developing countries under the GSP program, least-developed beneficiary developing countries (LDBDCs), beneficiary developing countries of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), and both LDBDCs and AGOA beneficiary developing countries combined under the GSP program.

In addition, the USTR also requested that the USITC provide advice with respect to whether like or directly competitive products were being produced in the United States on January 1, 1995, for the additional five articles as well as all of the products being considered for addition to and removal from the list of GSP-eligible products listed its December 30, 2015, request letter.

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