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October 22, 2018

USTR To Hold Hearing On GSP Eligibility For Eight Countries

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative announced last week that it will hold a hearing on Nov. 29, 2018 on Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) country eligibility reviews for seven countries (Bolivia, Ecuador, Georgia, Indonesia, Iraq, Thailand and Uzbekistan), as well as a hearing for the ongoing review of whether to designate Laos as a program beneficiary country. The review will focus on GSP program eligibility, including whether:

  • Bolivia, Georgia, Iraq, Thailand and Uzbekistan afford workers internationally recognized worker rights;
  • Ecuador is acting in good faith in recognizing and enforcing applicable arbitral awards;
  • Indonesia and Uzbekistan are providing adequate protection of intellectual property rights; and
  • Laos meets all program criteria and should be newly designated as a GSP beneficiary country.

Interested parties can submit comments, pre-hearing briefs, and requests to appear at the hearing to the USTR until 12:00 a.m. on Nov. 13, 2018. The deadline for the submission of post-hearing briefs is 12 a.m. on Dec. 17, 2017. Click here to learn more.