Generalized System of Preferences (GSP)

On June 17, 2021, the House Ways and Means Committee advanced the Generalized System of Preferences and Miscellaneous Tariff Bill Modernization Act of 2021. The announced legislation follows Senate passage of similar GSP and MTB provisions, as well as Section 301 provisions in the Trade Act of 2021 as part of the omnibus U.S. Innovation

On June 8, 2021, the Senate voted 68 to 32 to approve The American Innovation and Competition Act. The Act is an omnibus package of bills that took over a year to negotiate.

Major pieces of Legislation include:

  1. The Endless Frontier Act;
  2. the Strategic Competition Act;
  3. the Trade Act of 2021;
  4. the

On May 20, 2021, Senate Finance Committee ranking member Mike Crapo (R-ID) introduced amendments to the Trade Act of 2021. The amendments include language renewing the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) and Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB) as well as provision to renew the Section 301 product exclusion process. Notably, the amendments seek renewal of the

On May 18, 2021, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden (D-OR) introduced the Trade Preferences and American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act of 2021. The legislation would renew the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) which lapsed in December of 2020 through 2027, reauthorize the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill’s (MTB) implementing legislation, and renew the MTB through 2023. The

On February 25, the Senate Finance Committee held a confirmation hearing for the nominee for the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), Katherine Tai. Tai’s strong performance in the hearing demonstrated her poise and a depth of knowledge on the issues. She was well-prepared for Senators’ questions and is likely to receive a swift confirmation in the

The Trump Administration announced that it will suspend $1.3 billion in trade preferences for certain products from Thailand under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program citing Thailand’s “failure to adequately provide internationally-recognized worker rights.”

GSP provides reduced tariff rates for certain products from certain developing and least developed countries.  Per the office of the

President Trump indicated in a press release from the USTR that he intends to remove India and Turkey from the list of Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) eligible countries. GSP provides reduced tariff rates for certain products from certain developing and least developed countries.

In the case of India, the removal is a response to