On October 25th, 2019, Presidential Proclamation (PP) 9955 was issued modifying trade benefits under the General System of Preferences (GSP) for Ukraine and Thailand.
These changes include the following:
As of 12:01 a.m. EDT on October 30, 2019, certain goods from Ukraine entered for consumption, or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption, will be eligible for GSP preferential tariff treatment. The duty-free treatment accorded under GSP to certain products from Ukraine is restored because the country has made progress towards providing adequate and effective protection of intellectual property rights. The list of products included in GSP eligibility for Ukraine is found in Annex 1 of the Proclamation.
The duty-free treatment accorded under GSP to certain products from Thailand are withdrawn because the country is not taking steps to afford its workers internationally recognized worker rights. With respect to goods from Thailand entered for consumption, or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption, on or after 12:01 a.m. EDT on April 25, 2020. The list of products excluded from GSP eligibility for Thailand is found in Annex 2 of the Proclamation.
In addition, the Republic of Mali is designated as a lesser developed beneficiary sub-Saharan African country (LDBC), thus qualifying it for LDBC preferential benefits under the African Growth Opportunity Act (AGOA). As of 12:01 a.m. EDT on November 30, 2019 the country designation of “lesser developed beneficiary sub-Saharan African country” will be effective for purposes of AGOA.
Delmar International will continue to monitor trade agreement developments and provide updated information as it is made available. In the meantime, affected parties are encouraged to carefully review this information and determine the impact to their U.S. import program.
Please contact your local Delmar Representative or email our U.S. Customs Advisory Services Group for additional information and assistance – including to learn about our Customs Advisory, Consulting and Compliance Services