30-person chemical distributor: GSP “saves our company the equivalent of more than a full-time employee’s annual salary”

Written on October 14, 2020 in Brazil

TR International (TRI) is a chemical distributor based in Seattle, Washington. It employs 20 workers at its Seattle headquarters and 10 more at locations throughout the United States. It supplies imported and domestic chemicals to American manufacturers of paints, coatings, industrial cleaners, personal care products, hand sanitizers, and disinfect...

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Small business: GSP imports “even helped out the State of Ohio with some PPE protective wear”

Written on October 8, 2020 in Burma

The Cannon Group in Westerville, Ohio is a family-owned company that provides plastic packaging products to newspapers, grocery stores, and other cost-conscious industries. Due to Covid-19, it has begun supplying PPE products, initially to help existing customers keep their businesses running and more recently providing PPE products to the State of...

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Senate Finance Chairman Grassley introduces GSP renewal bill

Written on October 1, 2020 in USA

On September 24, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Committee Chuck Grassley (R-IA) introduced S.4729 – NOTE: refiled on October 1 as S.4784 – which would extend GSP’s authorization through April 30, 2022. A PDF of the bill is available here. The Grassley legislation is a welcome first step in trying to renew GSP before it expires....

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Miami, Florida small business: with Covid “our sales are down 20% and renewing GSP would be be a great benefit for us”

Written on September 29, 2020 in Florida

Vtronix in Miami Gardens, Florida provides custom-designed, UL-approved control panels to small- and medium-sized American manufacturers of air conditioning and heating equipment. It has 5 employees and several contract warehouse workers in Florida. GSP eliminates $25,000 to $30,000 in tariffs annually on panels designed in the United States and ma...

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Western Massachusetts small business: GSP savings “enough to pay for staff health care or a new employee”

Written on September 24, 2020 in India

dZi, Inc. in Easthampton, Massachusetts was founded in 1990 to provide a market for products made by the Tibetan refugee community in India. A founding member of the Fair Trade Federation, which is dedicated to helping marginalized artisan communities in developing countries, today dZi’s purchases support over 1,000 artisans in Nepal and Indi...

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An unheralded GSP import helping Covid-19 response: cell cast acrylics

Written on September 18, 2020 in USA

The Coalition for GSP has an open-ended survey asking companies how Covid-19 impacts their operations and GSP imports. Last night we received an interesting response from an importer of cast acrylic plastics. For those unfamiliar with plastic variations (like us), here is what they wrote: Cell cast acrylic is the raw material used to create...

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