CBP Seeks Comments on the U.S.-Peru Trade Promotion Agreement

Comments are due by January 3, 2012.   

On November 3, 2011, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) posted interim rule in the Federal Register amending the Customs regulations to implement the preferential tariff treatment and other customs-related provisions of the U.S.-Peru Trade Promotion Agreement (PTPA). 

PTPA was signed by the United States and Peru in April 2006. On January 16, 2009, the President singed Proclamation 8341 to implement the provisions of the PTPA. The Proclamation modified the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) by adding General Note 32, incorporating the relevant PTPA rules of origin pursuant to the PTPA Implementation Act, and the insertion into the HTSUS of the preferential duty rates applicable to particular commodities under the PTPA where the special program "PE" appears in parenthesis in the "Special" rate of duty column.  

Customs is now seeking written data, views, or arguments on all aspects of the interim rule, as well as comments discussing the economic, environmental or federalism effects that might result from this interim rule.