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Procedures for Securing GSP Duty Refunds

Date: 8/4/15

As reported, on June 29 Congress passed legislation renewing the U.S. Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) through December 31, 2017.  The renewal, which took effect on July 29, is retroactive to the program’s expiration on July 31, 2013. 

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) published a notice in the Federal Register of June 28 (copy attached) providing guidance for importers on obtaining refunds of duties paid on GSP-eligible merchandise entered during the period in which the GSP program’s statutory authority had lapsed (August 1, 2013 to July 28, 2015).  The notice confirms, inter alia, that CBP will automatically liquidate or re-liquidate, and issue refunds (without interest) for, entries during that period that were filed electronically via the Automated Broker Interface (ABI) using Special Program Indicator (SPI) code “A.” 

Non-ABI filers, and ABI filers that did not include SPI code “A” on the entry, must submit a duty refund request to CBI.  These requests must be filed no later than December 28. 
Further details are provided in CBP’s Federal Register notice.

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