Thailand trade preferences suspended under GSP program; closure of other GSP reviews

Thailand trade preferences suspended under GSP program

The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) announced the suspension of $817 million in trade preferences for Thailand under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program “based on its lack of sufficient progress providing the United States with equitable and reasonable market access for pork products.” The decision is effective on December 30, 2020, and will close the review of Thailand.


The USTR release also announces the closure of GSP eligibility reviews with no loss of benefits for three countries:

  • Georgia—based on improvements in the protection of worker rights
  • Uzbekistan—based on improvements in the protection of worker rights
  • Indonesia—based on improvements aimed at providing the United States with equitable and reasonable market access

Additionally, the USTR announced the closure of the GSP designation review of Laos (with no change in status) and the opening of two new GSP eligibility reviews of Eritrea and Zimbabwe (based on worker rights concerns).  

Lastly, the USTR announced the results of the GSP annual product review that added fresh-cut roses to, and removed parboiled rice from, the list of goods eligible for GSP trade benefits.


The GSP program is designed to promote economic development by allowing duty-free entry into the United States for certain products from designated beneficiary countries and territories. To remain eligible for these advantages, beneficiary countries must comply with 15 statutory eligibility criteria, including taking steps to afford internationally recognized worker rights, providing adequate and effective protection of intellectual property rights, and assuring equitable and reasonable access to the country’s domestic market. 

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