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USITC Begins Investigation Concerning Possible Modifications to the U.S. GSP, 2011 Review of Additions and Competitive Need Limitation Waivers

February 22, 2012
News Release 12-020
Inv. No. 332-529
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819
USITC Begins Investigation Concerning Possible Modifications to the U.S. GSP, 2011 Review of Additions and Competitive Need Limitation Waivers

The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) is seeking input for a newly initiated investigation concerning possible modifications to the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP).

The investigation, Advice Concerning Possible Modifications to the U.S. Generalized System of Preferences, 2011 Review of Additions and Competitive Need Limitation Waivers (Investigation No. 332-529), was requested by the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR).

The USITC is seeking input for its new investigation from all interested parties and requests that the information focus on the articles for which the USITC is requested to provide information and advice. The USITC will hold a public hearing in connection with the investigation at 9:30 a.m. on March 30, 2012. Requests to appear at the public hearing should be filed no later than 5:15 p.m. on March 12, 2012, with the Secretary, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20436. In the event that no requests to appear at the hearing are received by the close of business on March 12, 2012, the hearing will be canceled. For further information, please call 202-205-2595.

The USITC also welcomes written submissions for the record. Written submissions should be addressed to the Secretary to the Commission at the above address and should be submitted at the earliest practical date but no later than 5:15 p.m. on April 4, 2012.

As requested, the USITC, an independent, nonpartisan, factfinding federal agency, will provide advice on the likely impact on competing U.S. industries of the addition of the following Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) subheadings:

For all GSP-eligible countries:

  • 3923.21.00 (sacks and bags (including cones) for the conveyance or packing of goods, of polymers of ethylene).

For least-developed beneficiary developing countries (LDBDC):

  • 5201.00.18 (cotton, not carded or combed, having a staple length under 28.575 mm (1-1/8 inches), n/harsh or rough, nesoi),
  • 5201.00.22 (cotton, not carded or combed, staple length 28.575 mm or more but under 34.925 mm, described in gen. note 15),
  • 5201.00.24 (cotton,/carded or combed, harsh or rough, staple length 29.36875 mm or more but n/o 34.925 mm, white in color, quota described in chapter 52 add'l US note 6),
  • 5201.00.28 (cotton, not carded or combed, harsh or rough, staple length of 29.36875 mm or more but under 34.925 mm & white in color, nesoi),
  • 5201.00.34 (cotton, not carded or combed, staple length of 28.575 mm or more but under 34.925 mm, other, quota described in chapter 52 add'l US note 7),
  • 5201.00.38 (cotton, not carded or combed, staple length of 28.575 mm or more but under 34.925 mm, nesoi),
  • 5202.91.00 (cotton garnetted stock),
  • 5202.99.30 (Cotton card strips made from cotton waste having staple length under 30.1625 mm & lap, sliver & roving waste, nesoi),
  • 5203.00.05 (cotton fibers, carded or combed, of cotton fiber processed but not spun, described in gen. note 15),
  • 5203.00.10 (cotton fibers, carded or combed, of cotton fiber processed but not spun, quota described in chapter 52 add'l US note 10),
  • 5203.00.30 (cotton fibers, carded or combed, of cotton fiber processed, but not spun, nesoi), and
  • 5203.00.50 (cotton carded or combed, excluding fibers of cotton processed but not spun).

The USITC also will provide advice on the likely impact on competing U.S. industries of competitive need limitation waivers on the following 9 HTS subheadings for certain countries:

  • 1602.50.20 (prepared or preserved beef in airtight containers, other than corned beef, not containing cereals or vegetables) from Argentina,
  • 2840.19.00 (disodium tetraborate (refined borax) except anhydrous) from Turkey,
  • 2921.19.60 (other acyclic monoamines and their derivatives) from Philippines,
  • 2922.41.00 (lysine and its esters and salts thereof) from Brazil,
  • 3307.41.00 ("agarbatti" and other odoriferous preparations which operate by burning, to perfume or deodorize rooms or used during religious rites) from India,
  • 4015.19.10 (seamless gloves of vulcanized rubber other than hard rubber, other than surgical or medical gloves) from Thailand,
  • 7606.12.30 (aluminum alloy, plates/sheets/strip, w/thick. o/0.2mm, rectangular (inc. sq), not clad) from Indonesia,
  • 8415.90.80 (parts for air conditioning machines, nesi) from Thailand, and
  • 8708.30.50 (pts. & access. of mtr. vehicles of 8701, nesoi, and 8702-8705, brakes and servo-brakes & pts thereof) from India.

The USITC will submit its confidential report to USTR by May 14, 2012. As soon as possible thereafter, the USITC, as requested by USTR, will issue a public version of the report containing only the unclassified sections, with any business confidential information and classified information deleted.

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 subjects 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 findings 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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