September 29, 2008
News Release 08-094
Inv. No. 332-500
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819

ITC BEGINS INVESTIGATION CONCERNING POSSIBLE MODIFICATIONS TO THE U.S. GENERALIZED SYSTEM OF PREFERENCES

The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) is seeking input for a newly initiated investigation concerning possible modifications to the Generalized System of Preferences.

The investigation, Advice Concerning Possible Modifications to the U.S. Generalized System of Preferences, 2008 Review of Additions and Removals (Investigation No. 332-500), was requested by the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR).

As requested, the ITC, an independent, nonpartisan, factfinding federal agency, will provide advice on the likely impact on competing U.S. industries of the addition of eleven HTS subheadings to the list of articles eligible for the GSP and the removal of two HTS subheadings from duty-free status from certain beneficiary developing countries.

The HTS subheadings being considered for additions are: 0710.10.00 (potatoes), 0710.30.00 (spinach), 0710.40.00 (sweet corn), 0710.80.97.22 (frozen broccoli spears), 0710.80.97.24 (frozen broccoli, except spears, in containers holding more than 1.4 kg), 0710.80.97.26 (frozen broccoli, except spears, in containers holding 1.4 kg or less), 2008.92.90.40 (mixtures of fruits containing oranges or grapefruits in a liquid medium), 2009.41.20 (pineapple juice, not concentrated, of a Brix value not exceeding 20), 2009.49.20 (pineapple juice, not concentrated, other than of a Brix value not exceeding 20), 3901.20.10 (high density polyethylene), and 4412.39.50.30 (certain veneered plywood sheets). The HTS subheadings being considered for removal are: 3907.60.00 (PET resin) from India and Indonesia and 3908.10.00 (polyamide-6 (nylon 6)) from Thailand.

The ITC will submit its confidential report to USTR by December 19, 2008.

The ITC is seeking input for its new investigation from all interested parties and requests that the information focus on the articles for which the ITC is requested to provide information and advice. The ITC will hold a public hearing in connection with the investigation at 9:30 a.m. on October 30, 2008. Requests to appear at the public hearing should be filed no later than 5:15 p.m. on October 14, 2008, with the Secretary, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20436.

The ITC also welcomes written submissions for the record. Written submissions should be addressed to the Secretary to the Commission at the above address and should be submitted at the earliest practical date but no later than 5:15 p.m. on November 5, 2008.

ITC general factfinding investigations, such as this one, cover matters related to tariffs or trade and are generally conducted at the request of the U.S. Trade Representative, the Senate Committee on Finance, or the House Committee on Ways and Means. The resulting reports convey the Commission's objective findings and independent analyses on the subjects investigated. The Commission makes no recommendations on policy or other matters in its general factfinding reports. Upon completion of each investigation, the ITC submits its findings and analyses to the requester. General factfinding investigation reports are subsequently released to the public, unless they are classified by the requester for national security reasons.

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