Based on an analysis of new U.S. Census Bureau data released yesterday, expiration of the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program cost American companies at least $97 million in September 2021. Congressional authorization for GSP expired on December 31, 2020. Citing these growing costs along side Covid-related and supply chain challenges, over 300 U.S. companies and associations sent a letter to Congressional trade leaders urging GSP retroactive renewal in late September.
From January-September 2021, American companies paid at least $763 million in extra taxes as a result of GSP expiration. Imports into 38 states (plus Puerto Rico) paid at least $1 million in tariffs due to GSP expiration. The map below shows estimated tariffs paid for products claiming GSP by state.
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.