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July 21, 2015/  Volume 2015, Issue 19

CBP Posts Instructions and FAQ on GSP Renewal



Dear Valued Customer:


Effective July 29, 2015 the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) will be reauthorized through Dec 31, 2017 with retroactive relief for eligible products imported since GSP expired on July 31, 2013. However, retroactive benefits will only be applicable to goods and countries that are GSP-eligible as of July 29, 2015; thus excluding imports from Russia and Bangladesh.


U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) posted to its website instructions and an FAQ for filers entitled to file GSP-eligible entry summaries utilizing special program indicator A, A+ or A*, as applicable, without the payment of duty for shipments entered or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption effective July 29, 2015. Goods entered between July 31, 2013 and July 29, 2015 will be liquidated or re-liquidated as though they had entered before the program expired.


Please note that James J. Boyle & Co. has flagged all GSP-eligible entries with the SPI codes of A, A+ or A*, as applicable, in accordance with instructions received from our customers. CBP will automatically process refunds for these entries flagged with the SPI codes for duties deposited on GSP-eligible goods during the lapse period. Therefore, no action is required for entries flagged with these SPIs.


Importers are advised to monitor their refunds to make sure that all eligible entries receive refunds. If a refund is not received, the importer can file a written claim by Dec 28, 2015.


For unliquidated ACE entry summaries where no SPI was transmitted, retroactive GSP claims must be made via post-summary correction (PSC), if applicable.


For all other entry summaries where no SPI was transmitted, requests for refunds must be made in writing by Dec 28, 2015 and must contain sufficient information to enable CBP to locate the entry. To expedite the refund, CBP recommends that the request indicate the entry number, line number and requested refund amount. Any amounts owed pursuant to the liquidation or re-liquidation of an entry will be paid without interest.


If you are aware of any GSP-eligible shipments entered during the period of July 31, 2013 through July 29, 2015 where no GSP SPI codes were transmitted and need assistance with preparing written refund requests to CBP, please contact your nearest James J. Boyle & Co. representative.


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