Washington - U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Office of International Trade advises the trade community that benefits under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) and the Andean Trade Preferences Act (ATPA)/Andean Trade Promotion and Drug Eradication Act (ATPDEA) programs are extended until December 31, 2010. The President signed HR 4284 extending these benefits without lapse on December 28.
Additionally, on December 23, the President issued Proclamations 8467 and 8468, which modified the list of beneficiary countries eligible for the GSP and the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA).
Presidential Proclamation 8467, "To Modify Duty-Free Treatment Under the Generalized System of Preferences, And For Other Purposes," redesignates Maldives as a GSP beneficiary country and part of the "Member Countries of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC)." This redesignation applies to goods entered or withdrawn from warehouse on or after December 23, 2009.
The Proclamation also terminated Trinidad and Tobago's eligibility for benefits under GSP and removed Cape Verde from the list of least-developed beneficiary countries. These changes apply to goods entered or withdrawn from warehouse on or after January 1, 2010.
Presidential Proclamation 8468, "To Take Certain Actions Under the African Growth and Opportunity Act," designates the Islamic Republic of Mauritania (Mauritania) is designated as an eligible sub-Saharan African country and as a beneficiary sub-Saharan African country effective for goods entered or withdrawn from warehouse December 23, 2009. Mauritania is also designated as a lesser developed beneficiary country. However, Mauritania will not be eligible for textile benefits until a visa arrangement is negotiated. This Proclamation also terminates the Republic of Guinea, the Republic of Madagascar, and the Republic of Niger as beneficiary sub-Saharan African countries effective for goods entered or withdrawn from warehouse January 1, 2010.
Questions concerning this notice should be referred to the International Coordination Branch at FTA@dhs.gov or Renee Chovanec, acting director, Trade Agreements and Planning at (202) 863-6384. Textile-specific questions should be referred to Robert Abels at (202) 863-6503.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.