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Clarification on the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) Program of the United States of America

The United States’ Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) provides duty-free treatment to goods of 120 designated beneficiary countries and territories[1]. The program was authorized by the Trade Act of 1974 to promote economic growth in the developing countries, and was implemented on January 1, 1976.  The GSP expires periodically, and must be renewed by the US Congress to remain in effect. The 2015 GSP reauthorization (H.R. 1295) will expire on December 31, 2017. The US Congress has not re-authorized its renewal before adjourning for the year 2017. Therefore, the GSP program will expire on December 31, 2017, and all those importing GSP eligible goods to the USA, from Sri Lanka as well as all other beneficiary countries and territories will be subject to non-preferential duties from January 1, 2018.

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