US travel goods industry continues to strive to expand GSP tax-free treatment

2019-06-21 16:41:55

The 18 industry associations of the United States jointly sent a letter to President Trump on March 20, 2017, requiring all legal qualified travel items to be included in all generalized preferential tariffs (Generalized System of Preferences, GSP ) List of duty-free import treatment for beneficiary countries. These associations include the American Garment and Footwear Association, the US National Retail Federation, the American Toy Industry Association and the American Fashion Industry Association. The inclusion of bags, bags, suitcases and other travel items in the GSP list will undermine the competitive advantage of exports of these products to the US market by China and Hong Kong.  


(June 16, 2006) issued a US presidential notice, has been co-tax items (HTSUS) 28 under the bags, bags, suitcases and other travel items (including suitcases, backpacks, handbags and wallets and the like (Now 43), as well as the African Growth and Opportunity Act beneficiary countries (currently there are 38), to the list of products that are available to the least developed developing countries. In other words, imported travel supplies from major suppliers of the United States, such as the Philippines, India, Indonesia and Thailand, continue to impose conventional import duties.


In the early days of the late Obama administration and President Chuanping, several industry associations and US lawmakers had been asking the White House to change its position. The US Trade Representative Office held a hearing on October 18, 2016, to explore the possibility of adding bags, bags, suitcases and other travel products to the GSP produced by more advanced developing countries; but refused to The final announcement before the deadline of January 2017, leaving the decision to leave the new government. 


In their letter to Chuan Pu, the association pointed out that "it is a clear will of the two parties to enjoy duty-free treatment for all travel products from all GSP recipients." The letter was further filed, after a thorough review, the US Congress, the US International Trade Commission and the Interdepartmental Trade Policy Working Committee agreed that all beneficiary countries should enjoy preferential tariffs on GSP tariffs on travel goods. The association claims that it will really drive the United States to switch to other countries to purchase goods, no longer rely on procurement in China (China does not meet the GSP qualification), but also the United States to the GSP beneficiary countries trade policy And measures to play a greater influence.


Although the above-mentioned letter did not comment on the results of the hearing on 18 October 2016, some of the letters previously issued by the Association, which were mentioned in the hearings, did prove that all GSP benefited from access to relevant treatment (1) to enable developing countries to further develop their economies by expanding their exports; (2) to assist developing countries in their potential competitiveness; (3) to allow the United States to promote the development of the United States, Hui system is consistent with other major developed countries; (4) to avoid economic damage to the US manufacturing industry.   

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