Based on the Administration’s review of various issues and petitions related to eligibility of products under the GSP program, President Obama made several determinations affecting product coverage under GSP, including the following:
- The addition of five upland cotton fiber products to eligibility for duty-free treatment under GSP when imported from least developed country (LDC) beneficiaries. This action fulfills the U.S. pledge in the World Trade Organization to make imports of all upland cotton products from LDCs duty-free and quota-free;
- The reinstatement (redesignation) to GSP eligibility of three products from Ukraine and one from Indonesia that had previously been excluded from the program based on competitive need limitations;
- The granting of competitive need limitation (CNL) waivers, ensuring continued GSP duty-free benefits, for 100 products from 13 countries, including both petitioned and de minimis waivers; and
- The revocation of CNL waivers for three products from certain countries that had exceed certain statutory limits related to competitiveness.
The President also found that, consistent with statutory provisions concerning country eligibility, three GSP beneficiary countries – Seychelles, Uruguay, and Venezuela – have recently surpassed the GSP income threshold and, therefore, will be graduated from eligibility for GSP trade benefits, effective January 1, 2017. Since GSP eligibility is a precondition for benefits under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), Seychelles – which is currently a beneficiary of AGOA – will also graduate from benefits for that program effective January 1, 2017.
To download an Adobe copy of the full results of the GSP Limited Review please follow this link: USTR GSP Limited Review 2014-2015