In February, the GSP program saved American companies more than $54 million on about $1.4 billion in imports. The GSP program saved U.S. companies $109 million in the first two months of 2016.
Overall, GSP tariff savings increased increased by 31 percent compared to February 2015. The value of imports under GSP increased 30 percent. These sharp increases reflect abnormally low imports in February 2015 on account of the the West Coast port strikes.
Some states, including those not affected by the 2015 strikes such as Pennsylvania and Virginia, saw ever bigger increases in GSP imports and savings compared to February 2015, as shown in the graphic below.
In Pennsylvania, GSP imports increased by 52 percent and savings from GSP by 63 percent compared to one year earlier. Primary form plastics and pencils/crayons from Brazil, ferrochromium (a raw material for steel manufacturing) from Zimbabwe, and candy confections from Thailand contributed most to Pennsylvania’s GSP increases.
In Virginia, GSP imports increased by 39 percent and savings from GSP by 52 percent compared to one year earlier. Ceramic tableware and kitchenware from Indonesia, steering wheels and columns from India, and iron oxides from Brazil contributed most to Virginia’s GSP increases.
Imports from Uruguay jumped by 102 percent, led by increased imports of plywood by companies in Washington. GSP eliminated more than $580,000 in import taxes on silver jewelry. More than 40 percent of those imports went to New York.