IMPORTANT AND MOST URGENT
Circular No.MR/ CIR/ 1611 May 24, 2018
To: Members of the Council
Sub: The United States (U.S.) Generalized System of Preferences (GSP)
We are glad to inform you that the United States Congress has authorized extension of GSP benefit and currently India is one of the largest beneficiaries of this Programme. However, the United States Trade Representative (USTR) will be reviewing the country specific eligibility and USTR has notified that the Review process for India is going to begin.
In this regard the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India has informed this Council that the last date of filing the petitions with USTR for renewal of GSP benefit is fast approaching and therefore all concerned are advised to act swiftly to file the petitions in this regard. The move is expected to benefit Indian textile exporters substantially as the US is a huge textile market.
Therefore, Member-exporters having export interest in the US Market are requested to pursue actively with their counterparts/ importers in the U.S. and ensure filing of petitions by them as well, with USTR, highlighting the need for GSP benefits for India.
We may inform that this Council has prepared a list of 62 MMF textile items at 6 digit level HS code and will be filing on-line for inclusion of the same in the US GSP list of Textiles for India. The list is attached for your kind information (Annexure – I). On-line filing of petitions by more entities/stakeholders will make our case strong before the USTR for granting GSP.
We request you to follow the following guidelines for filing petitions –
After filing your petition kindly mark a copy to SRTEPC (at firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org); Ministry of Commerce & Industry (at email@example.com) and to the Embassy of India, Washington D.C, USA (at firstname.lastname@example.org)
Members are requested to take swift action in the matter for availing US GSP.