On September 28, 2020, the U.S. International Trade Commission released public version of its confidential report on possible modifications to the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) [Publication Number: 5119 Investigation Number: 332-578].
The USITC, an independent, nonpartisan, factfinding federal agency, submitted a confidential version of the report to the USTR on August 31, 2020. The public version released today contains only the unclassified sections, with any business confidential information deleted.
As requested, the USITC provided advice as to the probable economic effect on total U.S. imports, on U.S. industries producing like or directly competitive articles, and on U.S. consumers of the addition to the list of eligible articles for the purposes of the GSP program of four HTS provisions for all beneficiary developing countries (BDCs).
The additions in consideration are:
- 0603.11.00 (All fresh cut roses),
- 0603.11.0010 (Fresh cut sweetheart roses),
- 0603.11.0030 (Fresh cut spray roses),
- 0603.11.0060 (Fresh cut roses, other than sweetheart and spray roses).
As requested, the USITC provided advice as to the probable economic effect on total U.S. imports, on U.S. industries producing like or directly competitive articles, and on U.S. consumers of the removal from eligibility for duty-free treatment under the GSP program of six HTS provisions for certain GSP countries.
The removals in consideration are:
- 1006.10.00 (Rice in the husk (paddy or rough)) from least-developed beneficiary developing countries (LDBDCs),
- 1006.20.20 (Basmati rice, husked) from LDBDCs,
- 1006.20.40 (Husked (brown) rice, other than basmati from LDBDCs,
- 1006.30.10 (Rice semi-milled or wholly milled, whether or not polished or glazed, parboiled) from all BDCs,
- 1006.30.90 (Rice semi-milled or wholly milled, whether or not polished or glazed, other than parboiled) from LDBDCs,
- 1006.40.00 (Broken rice) from LDBDCs.