U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk Asks Congress to Renew GSP

Written on February 9, 2011 in Background

This morning, Ambassador Ron Kirk, the U.S. Trade Representative, called on Congress to renew GSP program.  As part of his opening remarks this morning at a House Ways and Means Committee hearing on the Obama administration’s overall trade agenda, Kirk stated: Congress should also keep faith with the world’s poor and create America...

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Renew GSP and Your Car Could Smell Better for Less!

Written on February 8, 2011 in Company Stories

Signature Products Group, or SPG, is based in Salt Lake City, Utah.  The company manufactures and distributes “signature” accessories for cars and trucks under several well-known outdoor brands, such as Ducks Limited, Smith & Wesson, and Mossy Oak.  Recently, the MountainWest Capital Network named SPG the 6th fastest growi...

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GSP Expiration Increases Costs for Replacement Tractor Parts

Written on February 7, 2011 in India

Reliance Parts Corporation supplies new and remanufactured parts for John Deere and other types of heavy-duty diesel engines.  Headquartered in Minden, Nevada, Reliance’s 62,000 square foot facility hosts its sales, marketing, purchasing, and materials management functions, in addition to its largest selection of parts.  Reliance al...

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More on GSP/Sessions from Scott Lincicome

Written on February 4, 2011 in GSP Press

Scott Lincicome’s blog had a good post yesterday on how GSP’s expiration runs counter to Senator Sessions’ desire to lower taxes on U.S. businesses.  He even references one of the earlier Renew GSP Today posts.  Definitely worth a quick read.

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Another Editorial (WSJ) on GSP Expiration and Congress

Written on February 4, 2011 in GSP Press

Following yesterday’s piece in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal published an editorial today called Fair Trade for One (note: we updated the link to a non-gated version, although this may change).  The article focuses primarily on Senator Jeff Sessions’ decision to hold up GSP renewal to benefit a company in Alabama, whi...

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New York Times Editorial on Congress, GSP Renewal

Written on February 3, 2011 in GSP Press

Today’s New York Times ran an editorial called No Way to Run a Trade Policy.  The article describes the current battle over the pending expiration of the Andean trade preferences and the TAA program and highlights GSP’s expiration last December.  In short, it argues that: Lawmakers need to look beyond their noses and extend al...

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Hydration Systems from the Philippines

Written on February 2, 2011 in California

When you look at a list of U.S. tariff codes, it’s often hard to visualize the products being described.  One exception is U.S. harmonized tariff schedule (HTS) number 4202.92.04: “Insulated beverage bag w/outer surface textiles, interior only flexible plastic container storing/dispensing beverage thru flexible tubing.” To ou...

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