On October 5, 2015, the Federal Register published Proclamation 9333 of September 30, 2015 – To Modify Duty-Free Treatment Under the Generalized System of Preferences and for Other Purposes. The proclamation:

• modifies, effective October 1, 2015, the Rates of Duty 1–Special subcolumn for the corresponding Chapter 52, HTS subheadings in order to designate certain articles as eligible articles only when imported from a least-developed (LD) beneficiary developing country (BDC) for purposes of the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) (Annex I, Section A);

• modifies, effective October 1, 2015, the Rates of Duty 1–Special subcolumn for the corresponding HTS subheadings and general note 4(d) to the HTS In order to redesignate certain articles as GSP eligible articles;

• modifies, effective October 1, 2015, the Rates of Duty 1–Special subcolumn for the corresponding HTS subheadings and general note 4(d), HTS in order to provide that one or more countries are no longer be treated as GSP BDCs with respect to one or more eligible articles (Annex I, Section C);

• modifies, effective October 1, 2015, general note 4(a) to the HTS to reflect the change in the name of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (Annex I, Section D);

• disregards the competitive need limitation (CNL) with respect to the eligible articles in the HTS subheadings and to the BDCs listed in Annex II to the proclamation, effective October 1, 2015;

• waives the application of section 503(c)(2)(A) of the 1974 Trade Act to the articles in the HTS subheadings and to the BDCs set forth in Annex III to the proclamation, effective October 1, 2015;

• terminates the designation of Seychelles as a GSP BDC and an AGOA beneficiary sub-Saharan African country, effective on January 1, 2017; and

• terminates the designations of Uruguay and Venezuela as GSP BDCs as of January 1, 2017. 

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