On March 3, 2020, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) published in the Federal Register a notice announcing that 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 eligible products; or redesignate currently excluded products. This review will include separate hearings on accepted country practice review and product petitions, which USTR will announce in the Federal Register at a later date.
The deadline for submission of petitions to modify the GSP status of GSP BDCs because of country practices; add products to GSP eligibility; remove products from GSP eligibility for one or more countries; waive CNLs; deny de minimis waivers for eligible products; or redesignate currently excluded products: March 26, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. ET. The following docket numbers should be used:
Docket No. USTR-2020-0003: Petition to review the GSP eligibility of any BDC
Docket No. USTR-2020-0004: Product addition petitions;
Docket No. USTR-2020-0005: Product removal petitions:
Docket No. USTR-2020-0006: CNL waiver petitions;
Docket No. USTR-2020-0007: Petitions for denial of de minimis waiver; and
Docket No. USTR-2020-0008: Petitions for redesignation USTR will not consider petitions submitted after the 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. All submissions for the 2020 GSP annual review must conform to the GSP regulations set forth at 15 C.F.R. part 2007, except as modified in the notice.