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Customs Updates Suspension of $1.3 Billion Worth of Goods for Trade Preference for Thailand

BACKGROUND On October 25, 2019, the President issued Presidential Proclamation (PP) 9955 modifying trade benefits under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) for Ukraine and Thailand, designating the Republic of Mali’s country status under the African Growth Opportunity Act (AGOA), and implementing the name change of “Macedonia” to “North Macedonia.” This proclamation was published in the Federal Register on October 31, 2019 (84 FRN 58567). The specific modification for Thailand is denoted below:

  • THAILAND - The duty-free treatment accorded under GSP to certain products from Thailand are withdrawn because the country is not taking steps to afford its workers internationally recognized worker rights.

THAILAND With respect to goods entered for consumption, or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption, on or after 12:01 a.m. eastern daylight time on April 25, 2020, the General Note of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS) is modified. The list of products excluded from GSP eligibility for Thailand is found in Annex 2 of PP 9955.

For questions, contact the Trade Agreements Branch at

For more information on the GSP program, visit USTR’s website here.

Note: The direct link to PP 9955 is available at here.

Federal Register Notice 84 FR 58567 reflecting PP9955 was published on October 31, 2019 here.

Information Provided by U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

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