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USITC Releases Assessment of Possible Modifications to the U.S. Generalized System of Preferences

March 18, 2010
News Release 10-024
Inv. No. 332-507
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819
USITC Releases Assessment of Possible Modifications to the U.S. Generalized System of Preferences

The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) today released a public version of its confidential report on possible modifications to the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP).

The investigation, Advice Concerning Possible Modifications to the U.S. Generalized System of Preferences, 2009 Review of Additions and Removals, was requested by the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR).

As requested, the USITC, an independent, nonpartisan, factfinding federal agency, provided advice on the likely impact on competing U.S. industries, U.S. imports, and U.S. consumers of the addition of five HTS subheadings to the list of articles eligible for the GSP and the removal of two HTS subheadings from duty-free status for exports from India.

The HTS subheadings being considered for addition are: 0710.22.40 (beans, nesi, uncooked or cooked by steaming or boiling in water, frozen, reduced in size); 0710.90.91 (mixtures of vegetables, nesi, uncooked or cooked by steaming or boiling in water); 2905.17.00 (dodecan-l-ol (lauryl alcohol), hexadecan-l-ol (cetyl alcohol), and octadecan-l-ol (stearyl alcohol)); 3823.70.40 (industrial fatty alcohols, other than oleyl, derived from fatty substances of animal or vegetable origin); and 7614.10.10 (aluminum stranded wire, cables and the like w/steel core, not electrically insulated, not fitted with fittings and not made up into articles). The HTS subheadings being considered for removal are: 7113.19.14 (gold mixed link necklaces and neck chains) from India, and 7113.19.21 (gold rope necklaces and neck chains) also from India.

The USITC delivered its confidential report to the USTR on January 21, 2010.

Advice Concerning Possible Modifications to the U.S. Generalized System of Preferences, 2009 Review of Additions and Removals (Investigation No. 332-507, USITC publication 4126, February 2010) is available on the ITC Internet site at https://www.usitc.gov/publications/332/pub4126.pdf. A copy of the report may be requested by sending an email to pubrequest@usitc.gov, calling 202-205-2000, or writing the Office of the Secretary, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20436. Requests may also be faxed to 202-205-2104.

USITC general factfinding investigations, such as this one, cover matters related to tariffs or trade and are generally conducted at the request of the U.S. Trade Representative, the House Committee on Ways and Means, or the Senate Committee on Finance. The resulting reports convey the Commission's objective findings and independent analyses on the subject investigated. The Commission makes no recommendations on policy or other matters in its general factfinding reports. Upon completion of each investigation, the USITC submits its finding and analyses to the requester. General factfinding investigation reports are subsequently released to the public, unless they are classified by the requester for national security reasons.

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