On January 5, 2010, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) announced that it had received petitions to waive the competitive need limitations (CNL) on new pneumatic rubber radial tires used on motor cars from Thailand, classified within Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) subheading 4011.10.10. CNLs represent the statutory limit that imports of a product may not exceed, absent a waiver, to be eligible for duty-free treatment under the GSP.
The USTR also accepted a petition on January 26 to remove certain textile sleeping bags classified within HTSUS subheading 9404.30.80 from the list of products eligible for duty-free treatment under the GSP program. The Petitioner claims the sleeping bags are import-sensitive products and, therefore, are statutorily exempt from GSP coverage.
In its announcements in the Federal Register, the USTR set forth the schedule for review of the CNL and GSP removal petitions. The ITC is scheduled to publish its report in April 2010, and modifications to the list of articles eligible for duty-free treatment under the GSP as a result of the 2009 Annual Review will be published on June 30, 2010.