United States GSP Program

This program is suspended every few years and is eventually reinstated. While it is in a suspended state, duties are collected from importers and placed in a temporary account. So far, every time the program is reinstated, duties that have been collected have been returned to the importer.

 

Here is some recent history:

  • July 31, 2013: Suspended
  • July 29, 2015: Reinstated until December 31, 2017
  • December 31, 2017: Suspended
  • March 23, 2018: Reinstated until December 31, 2020

NAFTA

October 29, 2018

Negotiators from the U.S., Mexico and Canada have agreed on changing the treaty. However the changes will not go into effect until ratified by the governments of all three countries. As of now, the changes appear minor except in the automobile industry.

  • The name of the treaty will change from NAFTA to "United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement", or "USMCA."
  • A higher percentage of North American content will be required to qualify a car for USMCA treatment
  • Some of the North American content automotive must come from a factory paying workers at least US$16 per hour.
  • Intellectual property protection will increase.

I will update this page as more details become public.