U.S. notice of 2020 GSP annual review, comment submission deadlines (COVID-19)

U.S. notice of 2020 GSP annual review, deadlines

The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) today released for publication in the Federal Register a notice and “request for comments“ concerning the 2020 generalized system of preferences (GSP) annual review.


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According to today’s USTR notice [PDF 257 KB], because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, written submissions rather than an in-person hearing are requested on all petitions that the USTR accepted for the 2020 GSP annual product review. Public comments on these petitions are due according to the following schedule:

  • May 27, 2020: Deadline for submission of written comments on petitions accepted for the 2020 GSP annual product review
  • June 16, 2020: Deadline for the GSP Subcommittee to pose questions on written comments
  • June 30, 2020: Deadline for submission of commenters’ responses to questions from the GSP Subcommittee
  • July 10, 2020: Deadline for replies from other interested parties to the written comments and responses to questions
  • July 22, 2020: Deadline for the GSP Subcommittee to pose additional questions on written comments
  • August 5, 2020: Deadline for submission of responses to any additional questions from the GSP Subcommittee

The USTR previously announced that it would not consider petitions submitted after March 26, 2020. Read TaxNewsFlash


The GSP program provides for the duty-free treatment of designated articles when imported from beneficiary developing countries. Each year, USTR reviews the list of products eligible for GSP benefits, and ultimately provides recommendations to the president on appropriate actions including exclusions from duty-free treatment of products from certain countries when they have reached the statutory competitive need limitation thresholds.

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