April 19, 2010
News Release 10-037
Inv. No. 332-513
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819

USITC RELEASES REPORT ON LIKELY EFFECTS OF REMOVAL OF CERTAIN SLEEPING BAGS FROM THE U.S. GENERALIZED SYSTEM OF PREFERENCES

The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) today released a public version of its confidential report on possible modifications to the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP).

The investigation, Advice Concerning Possible Modifications to the U.S. Generalized System of Preferences, 2010 Special Review, Certain Sleeping Bags, was requested by the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR).

As requested, the USITC, an independent, nonpartisan, factfinding federal agency, provided advice on the likely impact on competing U.S. industries, U.S. imports, and U.S. consumers of the removal of HTS subheading 9404.30.80 (non-down sleeping bags) from duty-free status for imports from all GSP-eligible countries.

Advice Concerning Possible Modifications to the U.S. Generalized System of Preferences, 2010 Special Review, Certain Sleeping Bags (Investigation No. 332-513, USITC publication 4141, April 2010) is available on the ITC Internet site at http://www.usitc.gov/publications/332/pub4141.pdf. A copy of the report may be requested by sending an email to pubrequest@usitc.gov, calling 202-205-2000, or writing the Office of the Secretary, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20436. Requests may also be faxed to 202-205-2104.

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, or the Senate Committee on Finance. The resulting reports convey the Commission's objective findings and independent analyses on the subject 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 finding 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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