2010 Annual GSP Product Review and Deadlines for Filing Petitions Announced

On July 15, 2010, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) published a notice in the Federal Register announcing the initiation of the 2010 annual Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) product review and deadlines for filing petitions. 

Interested parties, including foreign governments, may submit petitions to: 

    1    Designate additional articles as eligible for GSP treatment;
    2    Withdraw, suspend or limit the application of duty-free treatment accorded under the GSP with respect to any article, either for all beneficiary developing countries, least-developed beneficiary developing countries or beneficiary sub-Saharan African countries, or for any of these countries individually; 
    3    Waive the "competitive need limitations" for individual beneficiary developing countries with respect to specific GSP-eligible articles (these limits do not apply to either least-developed beneficiary developing countries or AGOA beneficiary sub-Saharan African countries); and 
    4    Otherwise modify GSP coverage.

All petitions to modify the list of articles eligible for duty-free treatment under GSP must be received by the GSP Subcommittee of the Trade Policy Staff Committee no later than 5 PM on August 3, 2010. 

Petitions requesting competitive need limitation (CNL) waivers for GSP-eligible articles from beneficiary developing countries that exceed the CNLs in 2010 must be filed in the 2010 Annual Review. To be considered in the 2010 Annual Review, petitions requesting CNL waivers must be received by the GSP Subcommittee of the Trade Policy Staff Committee by 5 PM on November 16, 2010.