On August 25, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) published in the Federal Register a notice requesting petitions to modify the list of articles that are eligible for duty-free treatment under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program and to modify the GSP status of certain GSP beneficiary developing countries because of country practices. USTR is also accepting petitions requesting waivers of competitive need limitations (CNLs).

The GSP program provides for the duty-free importation of designated articles when imported from designated beneficiary developing countries.


USTR is also seeking public comments and will convene a public hearing to receive additional information and stakeholder views regarding the potential addition of travel and luggage goods products for more economically advanced GSP beneficiary countries.

The schedule for the hearing and the deadline for public comments are:

  • Tuesday, October 4, 2016, 5:00 p.m.: Deadline for submission of comments, pre-hearing briefs and requests to appear at the hearing.
  • Tuesday, October 18, 2016, 9:30 a.m.: The GSP Subcommittee of the Trade Policy Staff Committee (TPSC) will convene a public hearing on travel and luggage goods in Rooms 1 and 2, 1724 F Street NW., Washington DC 20508.
  • Tuesday, November 1, 2016, 5:00 p.m.: Deadline for submission of post-hearing comments or briefs.