USTR - Interim 2005 Import Statistics Relating to Competitive Need Limitations
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Interim 2005 Import Statistics Relating to Competitive Need Limitations
12/23/2005


The four lists comprising the Interim 2005 Import Statistics Relating to Competitive Need Limitations contain, for each article, the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) subheading and BDC of origin, the value of imports of the article for the first 10 months of 2005, and the percentage of total imports of that article from all countries. The flags indicate the status of GSP eligibility. Articles marked with an "*" are those that have been excluded from GSP eligibility for the entire past calendar year. Articles marked with a "D" are those that, based on interim 2005 data, may be eligible for a de minimis waiver of the 50 percent CNL.

  • List I: Items Graduated or Exceeding Competitive Need Limits
    List I shows GSP-eligible articles from BDCs that have already exceeded the CNL by having been exported in excess of $120 million, or by an amount greater than 50% of the total U.S. import value in 2005. Those articles without a flag were GSP-eligible during 2005 but stand to lose GSP duty-free treatment on July 1, 2006, unless a waiver is granted. Such waivers are required to have been previously requested in the 2005 GSP Annual Review.
  • List II: Items Approaching Competitive Need Limits
    List II identifies GSP-eligible articles from BDCs that (1) have not yet exceeded, but are approaching, the $120 million CNL for the period January-October, 2005, or (2) are close to or above the 50 percent CNL. Depending on final calendar year 2005 import data, these articles stand to lose GSP duty-free treatment on July 1, 2006, unless a waiver is granted. Such waivers are required to have been previously requested in the 2005 GSP Annual Review.
  • List III: Possible de Minimis Items
    List III is a subset of List II. List III identifies GSP-eligible articles from BDCs that are close to or above the 50 percent CNL, but that may be eligible for a de minimis waiver of the 50 percent CNL. Actual eligibility for de minimis waivers will depend on final calendar year 2005 import data. Each year, de minimis waivers are considered automatically without a petition, and public comments are invited.
  • List IV: Possible Redesignation Items
    List IV shows GSP-eligible articles from certain BDCs that are currently not receiving GSP duty-free treatment, but that have import levels (based on interim 2005 data) below the CNLs and thus may be eligible to be considered for redesignation, depending on final calendar year 2005 import data. Recommendations to the President on redesignations are normally made in with any recommendations resulting from the annual review, and public comments are invited.

The four lists comprising the Interim 2005 Import Statistics Relating to Competitive Need Limitations are computer-generated and based on interim 2005 data, and may not include all articles to which the GSP CNLs may apply. All determinations and decisions regarding the CNLs of the GSP program are based on full calendar year 2005 import data with respect to each GSP-eligible article. Each interested party is advised to conduct its own review of 2005 import data with regard to the possible application of GSP CNLs.

 
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