ITC investigation US GSP | KPMG | GLOBAL
Share with your friends

ITC investigation, possible modifications to U.S. Generalized System of Preferences

U.S. ITC investigation

The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) today announced it has launched an investigation concerning possible changes to the U.S. Generalized System of Preferences (GSP).


Related content

As noted in today’s ITC release, the investigation was requested by the U.S. Trade Representative in May 2018.

The ITC will provide advice as to the probable economic effect on U.S. imports, on U.S. industries producing like or directly competitive articles, and on U.S. consumers of the addition of the following Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) subheadings to the list of GSP-eligible products for all GSP beneficiary developing countries concerning: 

  • 0808.30.40 (Pears, fresh, if entered during the period from July 1 through the following March 31, inclusive)
  • 0814.00.80 (Peel of citrus fruit, excl. orange or citron and peel, nesi, of melon, fresh, frozen, dried or provisionally preserved)
  • 1207.29.00 (Cotton seeds, whether or not broken, other than seed for sowing)
  • 1512.11.00 (Sunflower-seed or safflower oil, crude, and their fractions, whether or not refined, not chemically modified)
  • 2008.99.05 (Apples, otherwise prepared or preserved, nesi)
  • 2918.99.05 (p-Anisic acid; clofibrate and 3-phenoxybenzoic acid)
  • 2918.99.43 (Aromatic carboxylic acids with additional oxygen function and their anhydrides, halide, etc deriv described in add US note 3 to sect VI, nesoi)
  • 2918.99.47 (Other aromatic carboxylic acids with additional oxygen function and their anhydrides, halide, etc deriv (excluding goods in add US note 3 to sec VI))
  • 4010.33.30 (Transmission V-belts of vulcanized rubber, V-ribbed, circumference exceeding 180 cm but not exceeding 240 cm, combined with textile materials)

The ITC is also addressing the probable economic effect on total U.S. imports, on U.S. industries producing like or directly competitive articles, and on U.S. consumers of the removal from eligibility of certain HTS subheadings for certain GSP countries and with respect to competitive need limitation waivers (among other items).

The ITC will submit a confidential report to the U.S. Trade Representative by 7 September 2018, to be followed by the release of a public version. The ITC will hold a public hearing in connection with this investigation on 14 June 2018. 


For more information, contact a professional with KPMG’s Trade & Customs practice:

Douglas Zuvich | +1 (312) 665-1022 |

Andrew Siciliano | +1 (631) 425-6057 |

© 2018 KPMG LLP, a Delaware limited liability partnership and the U.S. member firm of the KPMG network of independent member firms affiliated with KPMG International Cooperative (“KPMG International”), a Swiss entity. All rights reserved.

The KPMG logo and name are trademarks of KPMG International. KPMG International is a Swiss cooperative that serves as a coordinating entity for a network of independent member firms. KPMG International provides no audit or other client services. Such services are provided solely by member firms in their respective geographic areas. KPMG International and its member firms are legally distinct and separate entities. They are not and nothing contained herein shall be construed to place these entities in the relationship of parents, subsidiaries, agents, partners, or joint venturers. No member firm has any authority (actual, apparent, implied or otherwise) to obligate or bind KPMG International or any member firm in any manner whatsoever. The information contained in herein is of a general nature and is not intended to address the circumstances of any particular individual or entity. Although we endeavor to provide accurate and timely information, there can be no guarantee that such information is accurate as of the date it is received or that it will continue to be accurate in the future. No one should act on such information without appropriate professional advice after a thorough examination of the particular situation. For more information, contact KPMG's Federal Tax Legislative and Regulatory Services Group at: + 1 202 533 4366, 1801 K Street NW, Washington, DC 20006.

Connect with us


Request for proposal