ANNOUNCEMENT 29 Jun 2017

The United States both added to and subtracted from the product coverage of this duty-free program.

NUMBER OF INTERVENTIONS

2

  • 1 harmful
  • 0 neutral
  • 1 liberalising
Inception date: 01 Jul 2017 | Removal date: open ended
Still in force

Import tariff

Effective July 1, 2017 duty-free treatment under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) is expanded for imported travel goods. Luggage, backpacks, handbags, pockets goods (such as wallets), and other travel goods may now be imported duty-free from least-developed beneficiary developing countries and African Growth and Opportunity Act countries. This covers the following items in the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States: 4202.11.00, 4202.12.21, 4202.12.40, 4202.12.81, 4202.21.60, 4202.21.90, 4202.22.15, 4202.22.45, 4202.22.81, 4202.31.60, 4202.32.40, 4202.32.80, 4202.32.93, 4202.32.99, 4202.91.90, 4202.92.15, 4202.92.20, 4202.92.31, 4202.92.39, 4202.92.45, 4202.92.91, 4202.92.97, and 4202.99.90.

In addition to those items, GSP duty-free treatment is newly available to products classified under the following HTSUS numbers from all beneficiary developing countries:

  • 1104.19.90 (rolled or flaked grains of cereals, other than of barley or oats) 2915.90.18 (saturated acyclic monocarboxylic acids)
  • 3301.13.00 (essential oils of lemon)
  • 3809.93.50 (finishing agents, dye carriers, and other preparations used in leather and like industries, < 5% by weight aromatic (mod.) substance(s))
  • 3912.20.00 (cellulose nitrates (including collodions) in primary forms)

AFFECTED SECTORS

 
Inception date: 01 Jul 2017 | Removal date: open ended
Still in force

Import tariff

GSP treatment is also being removed for glycine (HTSUS item 2922.49.40) from all beneficiary developing countries, as well as heterocyclic aromatic or modified aromatic pesticides (HTSUS 2933.99.22) from India and setts, curbstones, and flagstones of natural stone (HTSUS 6801.00.00) from Turkey. The latter two items are being removed from GSP eligibility because the countries in question exceeded the GSP competitive-need limitations.