GSP expired on December 31, but new data available show GSP imports continued to climb toward the end of last year. In November, GSP saved American companies $84 million on about $2.0 billion in imports – once again exceeding any single month all the way back to October 2006.
GSP imports were up by 14 percent – and tariffs savings were up by 25 percent – compared to November 2016. Year-to-date savings from GSP are up $118 million, or nearly $11 million per month, over the first 11 months of 2016.
November was the first month that U.S. government data started reflecting imports under the recent travel goods expansion (though companies have been saving since July 1). GSP savings on travel goods jumped about $5 million from October to November and July-October savings likely will be revised up by similar amounts.
Some states such as Louisiana and New York saw much larger increases in GSP imports and savings compared to the previous year, as shown in the graphic below.
GSP saved Louisiana companies $1.0 million in November, up $529,000 (104 percent) compared to one year earlier. Ferrochromium from South Africa, zinc from India, and tropical plywood from Cambodia contributed the most to Louisiana’s GSP savings increases.
GSP saved New York companies $7.2 million in November, up $2.3 million (46 percent) compared to one year earlier. Chemicals from India and Brazil, jewelry from Indonesia, and eye-wear from Thailand contributed most to New York’s GSP increases.
In addition to Louisiana and New York, companies in 25 other states saw GSP savings increase by at least 20 percent, including: Alabama, California, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
Savings on GSP imports from Egypt increased by 30 percent compared to November of last year. Texas companies’ alone imported $836,000 in activated clays under GSP in November. GSP eliminated about $10 million (!) in import taxes on travel goods in November, the first month the data reflect the recent expansion. About one-third of those savings were on imports into New Jersey.
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