October 21, 2009
News Release 09-086
Inv. No. 332-507
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819

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

The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) 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, 2009 Review of Additions and Removals (Investigation No. 332-507), was requested by the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR).

As requested, the USITC, an independent, nonpartisan, factfinding federal agency, will provide advice on the likely impact on competing U.S. industries of the addition of five 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: 0710.22.40 (beans, nesi, uncooked or cooked by steaming or boiling in water, frozen, reduced in size); 0710.90.91 (mixtures of vegetables nesi, uncooked or cooked by steaming or boiling in water, frozen); 2905.17.00 (dodecan-1-ol (lauryl alcohol), hexadecan-1-ol (cetyl alcohol), and octadecan-1-ol (stearyl alcohol)); 3823.70.40 (industrial fatty alcohols, other than oleyl, derived from fatty substances of animal or vegetable origin); and 7614.10.10 (aluminum, stranded wire, cables and the like with steel core, not electrically insulated, not fitted with fittings and not made up into articles). The HTS subheadings being considered for removal are: 7113.19.21 (gold rope necklaces and neck chains) from India, and 7614.10.10 (gold mixed link necklaces and neck chains) from India.

The USITC will submit its confidential report to USTR by January 21, 2010. As soon as possible thereafter, the USITC will, as requested by USTR, issue a public version of the report.

The USITC is seeking input for its new investigation from all interested parties and requests that the information focus on the articles for which the USITC is requested to provide information and advice. The USITC will hold a public hearing in connection with the investigation at 9:30 a.m. on November 16, 2009. Requests to appear at the public hearing should be filed no later than 5:15 p.m. on November 4, 2009, with the Secretary, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20436. For further information, please call 202-205-1806.

The USITC 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 19, 2009.

USITC 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 House Committee on Ways and Means, and the Senate Committee on Finance. 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 USITC 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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