On January 10, 2012, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) posted a notice in the Federal Register announcing the disposition of the product petitions accepted for review in the 2010 Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) Annual Review, and the status of country practices petitions accepted as part of GSP annual reviews, including the 2010 GSP Annual Review.
In the 2010 GSP Annual Review, the Trade Policy Staff Committee (TPSC) reviewed two petitions to change product coverage under GSP. Based on the TPSC's review and the recommendation of the USTR, President Obama removed sleeping bags, not containing 20% or more by weight of feathers and/or down (HTSUS 9404.30.80) from eligibility for duty-free treatment under GSP, effective January 1, 2012, because it is import-sensitive in the context of GSP. A petition to remove GSP duty-free treatment for two types of self-adhesive plastic tape (HTSUS 3919.10.20 and 3919.90.50) was denied.
At this time, there are no changes to the status of those country practice petitions accepted in the 2010 GSP annual review and continued from earlier annual reviews.