Today we added the 572nd organization to the GSP supporter list. The number 572 doesn’t have any special significance (although it is one of these), but we thought it was a good time to highlight those calling on Congress to renew GSP.
You may notice that many of these sentences are well under 140 characters. That’s so you can easily tweet out the tidbits you find interesting and link back to this page (or the supporter list itself). So without further ado, here’s a breakdown of the companies that need Congress to renew GSP…
Companies calling on Congress to renew GSP are headquartered in 43 states (plus DC and Puerto Rico). California leads the way with 69 companies, followed by New York with 52. New Jersey (49), Texas (39), and Florida (38) round out the top 5 states. (You can use this page to contact your Senators about GSP.)
Companies calling on Congress to renew GSP are headquartered in 267 congressional districts (once again plus DC and Puerto Rico). New York’s 12th District, in the heart of Manhattan, has 20 constituent companies on the list! New Jersey’s 9th District, just across the Hudson, ranks second with 12 companies calling for GSP renewal.
A number of districts are tied for 3rd with seven companies, including Connecticut’s 4th District, Florida’s 25th District, Illinois’ 8th and 10th Districts, New Jersey’s 5th and 12th Districts, New York’s 3rd District, and Washington’s 7th District. (You can use this page to contact your Reps about GSP.)
Companies calling on Congress to renew GSP employ 814,000 American workers. Despite that big total number, 79% of companies calling on Congress to renew GSP are small businesses with 100 or less employees. The “typical” company supporting GSP renewal has 15 workers. GSP savings range from $1,000 to $10 million per year for companies asking Congress to renew GSP. Yet in a March survey of GSP importers, 10% reported laying off workers and 30% delayed new hires because of GSP expiration.
GSP Beneficiary Countries
Companies calling on Congress to renew GSP source from 40+ GSP countries, from Afghanistan to Zambia! 170+ companies reported sourcing from India, more than Thailand and Indonesia (the next two highest countries) combined.
So that’s what the current list looks like, but it continues to grow. If you’re not yet on the list, you can add your name here. If you are on the list, you can still help by sending this link to colleagues at other companies and associations that may wish to add their name as well.