March 2, 2011
News Release 11-021
Inv. No. 332-521
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819

USITC RELEASES ASSESSMENT OF POSSIBLE MODIFICATIONS TO 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 Review of Removals, 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 three HTS subheadings for duty-free status for certain beneficiary developing countries.

The three HTS subheadings were: 9404.30.80 (certain sleeping bags), for all GSP-eligible countries, and HTS subheadings 3919.10.20 and 3919.90.50 (certain types of self-adhesive plates, sheets, film, foil, tape, strip and other flat shapes of plastics, in rolls), for Indonesia.

The USITC delivered its confidential report to the USTR on February 7, 2011.

Advice Concerning Possible Modifications to the U.S. Generalized System of Preferences, 2010 Review of Removals (Investigation No. 332-521, USITC publication 4215, February 2011) is available on the USITC Internet site at http://www.usitc.gov/publications/332/pub4215.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.

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.

-- 30 --