Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) Due to Expire on December 31, 2017

December 2017

Dear Valued Customer,

Please be advised of the following notice received from U.S. Customs and Border Protection regarding the
Generalized Systems of Preferences (GSP).

As per their announcement, GSP will expire on December 31, 2017 and all goods previously eligible for duty free
benefits under the program must be entered with the payment of duties and MPF. CBP has issued instructions
(CSMS 17-00789) indicating that otherwise GSP-eligible importations should be flagged with the appropriate Special
Programs Indicator (“A,” “A*,” or “A+”).
CBP is developing programing to provide for the batch processing of refunds on all importations made with SPI “A”
and duties paid in the event that GSP is renewed with retroactivity.

After the expiration of GSP, CBP will continue to allow post-importation GSP claims made via post summary correction
(PSC) and protest (19 USC 1514, 19 CFR 174) on importations made while GSP was still in effect. The CSMS further
provides that until further notice, CBP will not allow post-importation GSP claims on importations made after the
expiration of GSP. Members are advised that the phrase “will not allow” should be read as “will not approve” as
the importer has an absolute right to file a claim and, if the circumstances warrant, should do so to preserve their
rights to potential refunds.

For the full notice, please see the following weblink:
https://www.cbp.gov/trade/priority-issues/trade-agreements/special-trade-legislation/generalized-system-preferences

If we arrange your Customs entries, the broker will ensure that the applicable entries are marked in order to receive any
eligible refunds. For a list of GSP eligible countries, please see the following link:
https://ustr.gov/sites/default/files/gsp/Beneficiary%20countries%20March%202017.pdf

If there are any questions please feel free to contact Licensed Customs Broker, Tonya Linser: tonya@ibs-atl.com

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