ANNOUNCEMENT 24 May 2010

In May 2010, the government of the United States of America announced a change in import duties.

NUMBER OF INTERVENTIONS

1

  • 0 harmful
  • 0 neutral
  • 1 liberalising

SOURCE



See the hyperlinked materials in the description.


Inception date: 24 May 2010 | Removal date: open ended
Still in force

Import tariff

President Obama signed into law on May 24, 2010 a bill that extended and expanded trade benefits offered to Haiti in the wake of the devastating earthquake of January 12, 2010. The legislation also goes beyond the specific preferences for Haiti in order to renew for ten years the broader Caribbean Basin Trade Partnership Act (CBTPA), under which imports of apparel, oil, and certain other products imported from Haiti and other countries in the Caribbean Basin are eligible for duty-free treatment. The CBTPA had been scheduled to expire on September 30, 2010 (i.e., at the end of Fiscal Year 2010).
This bill was acted upon with remarkable speed. The leaders of the trade committees in both chambers of the U.S. Congress introduced the bill on April 28, 2010. The House of Representatives approved this bill on a voice vote (i.e., a vote for which the specific yeas and nays are not available) on May 5, 2010, and the Senate approved it on a voice vote the next day.
The Haiti Economic Lift Program (HELP) Act (H.R. 5160/S.3275) will expand duty-free access to the U.S. market for Haitian textile and apparel exports, and will extend the existing trade preference programs offered under the Hemispheric Opportunity through Partnership Encouragement (HOPE) Act of 2006 and continued in HOPE II, approved in 2008. The bill offers the following new or extended trade preferences for imports of textiles and apparel and certain other sensitive imports from Haiti, as well as additional benefits:
 

  • Extends CBTPA and HOPE - Extends the CBTPA and the Haitian Hemispheric Opportunity through Partnership Encouragement Act (HOPE) through September 30, 2020.
  • Expands the Wholly Assembled List - Provides duty-free treatment for additional textile and apparel products that are wholly assembled or knit-to-shape in Haiti regardless of the origin of the inputs.
  • Increases the Tariff Preference Levels - Increases from 70 million square meter equivalents (SMEs) to 200 million SMEs the respective tariff preference levels (TPLs) under which certain Haitian knit and woven apparel products may receive duty-free treatment regardless of the origin of the inputs.
  • Safeguards against Transshipment - Requires U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to verify that apparel articles imported under the TPLs are not being unlawfully transshipped into the United States. The bill also authorizes the president to reduce the TPLs to account for unlawful apparel transshipment.
  • Liberalizes the Earned Import Allowance Rule - Permits the duty-free importation into the United States of one SME of apparel wholly assembled or knit-to-shape in Haiti regardless of the origin of the inputs for every two SMEs of qualifying fabric purchased from the United States.
  • Extends the Value-Added Rule - Extends until December 20, 2015 the rule that provides duty-free treatment for apparel wholly assembled or knit-to-shape in Haiti with at least 50 percent value from Haiti, the United States, a U.S. free trade agreement partner or preference program beneficiary, or a combination thereof. The bill similarly extends until December 20, 2017, duty-free treatment for Haitian apparel with at least 55 percent of value from qualifying countries, and until December 20, 2018, duty-free treatment for Haitian apparel with at least 60 percent of value from qualifying countries.
  • Extends Duty-Free Treatment for Wire Harnesses - Extends until December 20, 2016 the rule that provides duty-free treatment for wire harness automotive components imported from Haiti.

 

AFFECTED SECTORS

 

AFFECTED PRODUCTS

 
610120 610130 610190 610210 610220 610230 610290 610331 610332 610333 610342 610343 610413 610419 610431 610432 610433 610439 610441 610442 610443 610444 610449 610451 610452 610453 610459 610461 610462 610463 610469 610510 610520 610590 610610 610620 610690 610711 610712 610719 610721 610722 610791 610799 610811 610821 610822 610831 610832 610891 610892 610899 610910 610990 611011 611012 611019 611020 611030 611090 611120 611130 611190 611211 611212 611231 611241 611300 611420 611430 611490 611510 611521 611522 611529 611530 611594 611595 611596 611599 611610 611691 611692 611693 611699 611710 611780 611790 620111 620112 620113 620119 620191 620192 620193 620199 620211 620212 620213 620219 620291 620292 620293 620299 620311 620312 620319 620322 620331 620332 620333 620339 620341 620342 620343 620349 620411 620412 620413 620419 620422 620423 620431 620432 620433 620439 620441 620442 620443 620444 620449 620451 620452 620453 620459 620461 620462 620463 620469 620520 620530 620590 620610 620630 620640 620690 620711 620719 620721 620722 620791 620799 620811 620821 620822 620829 620891 620892 620899 620920 620930 620990 621010 621020 621030 621040 621050 621111 621112 621120 621132 621133 621139 621142 621143 621149 621210 621220 621230 621290 621320 621390 621410 621420 621430 621440 621490 621510 621520 621600 621710 621790 630110 630120 630130 630140 630190 630210 630221 630222 630229 630231 630232 630239 630240 630251 630253 630259 630260 630291 630293 630299 630312 630319 630391 630392 630399 630411 630419 630491 630492 630493 630499 630510 630532 630533 630539 630590 630612 630619 630622 630629 630630 630640 630690 630710 630720 630790 630800 630900 631010 631090
(+ 232 more)