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On October 15, 2020, US Customs and Border Protection issued CSMS #44437979 – GUIDANCE: Caribbean Basin Trade Partnership Act (CBPTA) Renewal with Procedures for Retroactive Duty Refunds., which is reproduced below: The purpose of this guidance is to inform the Trade of the renewal of the Caribbean Basin Trade Partnership Act (CBTPA) and to provide information on the procedures for requesting a refund of duties paid during the lapse. CBTPA Renewed On Saturday, October 10,…

On October 10, 2020, the President signed into law H.R. 991 the “Extension of the Caribbean Basin Economic Recovery Act,” which provides preferential duty treatment of some apparel items imported from certain Caribbean countries. The Act extends the CBERA for 10 years, and is retroactive to September 30, when the underlying legislation expired. In a press release background section, the US Trade Representative (USTR) said that CBERA was launched in 1983 to facilitate economic development…

On July 14, 2017, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) published in the Federal Register a notice providing country-by-country allocations of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 (October 1, 2017 through Sept. 30, 2018) in-quota quantity of the tariff-rate quotas for imported raw cane sugar, certain sugars, syrups and molasses (also known as refined sugar), specialty sugar, and sugar-containing products.

On December 19, 2016, the International Trade Administration (ITA), Department of Commerce, published in the Federal Register a notification of annual quantitative limit on imports of certain apparel from Haiti. The Caribbean Basin Economic Recovery Act (CBERA), as amended, provides duty-free treatment for certain apparel articles imported directly from Haiti.

  On December 16, 2015, the International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce (Commerce) published in the Federal Register a notification of annual quantitative limit on imports of certain apparel from Haiti. The Caribbean Basin Economic Recovery Act (CBERA), as amended, provides duty-free treatment for certain apparel articles imported directly from Haiti. One of the preferences is known as the “value-added” provision, which requires that apparel meet a minimum threshold percentage of value added in…

On April 17, 2015, a bipartisan group of Representatives introduced H.R. 1891, a Bill “To extend the African Growth and Opportunity Act, the Generalized System of Preferences, the preferential duty treatment program for Haiti, and for other purposes.” The bill would extend the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), which is scheduled to expire on September 30, 2015, until September 30, 2025. The bill will reinstate the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program which expired…

On December 15, 2014, the International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce, published in the Federal Register a notification of annual quantitative limit on certain apparel under the Haitian Hemispheric Opportunity Through Partnership for Encouragement Act (HOPE).HOPE provides for duty-free treatment for certain apparel articles imported directly from Haiti. One of the preferences under HOPE is known as the “value-added” program, which requires that apparel meet a minimum threshold percentage of value added in Haiti, the…