According to new research from the Coalition for GSP, expiration of the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program cost American companies at least $83 million in May 2021. Congressional authorization for GSP expired on December 31, 2020.
In the first six months of expiration, American companies paid at least $480 million in extra taxes as a result of GSP expiration. Companies in 34 states (plus Puerto Rico) paid at least $1 million in tariffs from January-June 2021 due to GSP expiration. The map below shows estimated tariffs for products claiming GSP paid by state in that period.
June was the most expensive month of GSP expiration yet for 12 states: Alabama, Colorado, Delaware, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Ohio, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, and South Carolina. For Alabama, Colorado, and Delaware, each new month has been the most expensive one yet (e.g., June was more than May, which was more than April, which was more than March…).
The data on tariffs paid is a conservative estimate, and the real figure likely is higher. Why? Estimates only capture products that continued to claim GSP despite expiration. Yet imports of many products that traditionally get GSP have not claimed it in 2021. Tariffs paid on those imports still would be eligible for refunds in the event of a retroactive renewal, but importers would need to file manual requests.
It is critical that Congress renew GSP – with refunds for tariffs paid – as soon as possible. We strongly encourage GSP importers hurt by expiration to answer our new survey here . As always, no company-specific details will be published without permission. Companies that want to help the Coalition for GSP educate policymakers on the importance of GSP should also join the Coalition for GSP and/or add their name to the free GSP supporter list.