On March 25, 2019, the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) published in the Federal Register a notice of statistics availability and announcement of annual GSP review [Docket No. USTR–2019–0001]. USTR will consider petitions to modify the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) status of GSP beneficiary developing countries (BDCs) because of country practices; add products to GSP eligibility; remove products from GSP eligibility for one or more countries; waive competitive need limitations (CNLs); deny de minimis waivers for products eligible for de minimis waivers; and redesignate currently excluded products. This review will include separate hearings on product petitions and country eligibility reviews, which USTR will announce in the Federal Register at a later date.
The deadline for petitions to modify the GSP status of certain GSP beneficiary developing countries because of country practices; petitions requesting waivers of CNLs; petitions on GSP product eligibility additions or removals; petitions to deny de minimis waivers; petitions to redesignate an excluded product; and petitions for continuation of CNLs that have exceeded certain thresholds is April 18, 2019. USTR will not consider petitions submitted after the April 18, 2019 deadline. USTR will announce the petitions accepted for review, along with a schedule for any related public hearings and the opportunity for the public to provide comments, at a later date.