Five (5) years and several high-profiled tragedies later, GSP treatment of all goods of
origin will be suspended, effective Bangladesh September 3, 2013.
GSP stands for the Generalized System of Preferences which allows for the duty-free entry of roughly 3,500 GSP eligible products.
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In 2007, the GSP Subcommittee accepted for review a GSP country practice petition submitted by the
AFL- CIO seeking the removal
of GSP benefits for based on the
country's non-compliance with the GSP statutory eligibility criteria related to
worker rights. Bangladesh
The GSP Subcommittee held public hearings on the petition in October 2007, April 2009, and January 2012, and also invited public comments on the petition on several occasions.
imports from U.S. under GSP
totaled $26.3 million. A full list of Bangladesh imports from U.S. under GSP may be
found in the www.regulations.gov
in docket number Bangladesh USTR-2012-0036-0001.
While the leading GSP imports from
products, sports equipment, china kitchenware, and plastic articles, by being a
GSP beneficiary country, it also had duty-free treatment on a number of textile
accessories and some women’s or girls wearing apparel. Bangladesh
After reviewing the most recently available information, including updated reports from the
AFL- CIO, the GSP
Subcommittee believed that the lack of progress by the government of in addressing
worker rights issues in the country warranted consideration of possible
withdrawal, suspension, or limitation of Bangladesh 's trade benefits
under GSP. Bangladesh
By statute, i.e., law, however, such change in
's trade benefits
under GSP required the President to make a determination, which he finally did. Bangladesh
June 27, 2013, by
Proclamation, President Obama revoked ’s privilege of
receiving treatment as a beneficiary developing country GSP. Bangladesh
As stated in his Proclamation, the reason for the revocation was because
“has not taken
or is not taking steps to afford internationally recognized worker rights to
workers in [its] country." Bangladesh
The original petition and other information related to the review of
for public viewing on www.regulations.gov in docket Bangladesh USTR-2012-0036.
For more information on GSP and GSP Eligible Products, click here.
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