In May, the GSP program saved American companies $62 million on about $1.6 billion in imports. The GSP program saved U.S. companies $292 million in the first five months of 2016.
Overall, the value of GSP imports and tariff savings both increased by more than 10 percent compared to May 2015. Some states, such as Arkansas and Rhode Island, saw very large increases in GSP imports and savings compared to May 2015, as shown in the graphic below.
In Arkansas, GSP imports and savings both increased by 37 percent compared to one year earlier. Vanadium oxides and hydroxides from South Africa, firearms from Turkey, and transmission parts from Thailand contributed most to Arkansas’ GSP increases.
In Rhode Island, GSP imports increased by 79 percent and savings from GSP by 145 percent compared to one year earlier. Costume jewelry from Thailand, glass fibers from Sri Lanka, and metal picture frames from Turkey contributed most to Rhode Island’s GSP increases.
Imports from Cambodia jumped by 121 percent, led by increased imports of window blinds by companies in California. GSP eliminated about $109,000 in import taxes on buses in May and has waived more than $400,000 on imports of buses in the first five months of 2016.