GSP Goods Subject to Section 232 (Aluminum and Steel)

In March 2018 the President signed the “Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018,” extending the GSP retroactive to the lapse period during January 1, 2018 through April 21, 2018. CBP has provided guidance as to how the process will work on GSP Goods Subject to Section 232 entered during the lapse period.

This message is to further clarify the following:

  • As of March 23, 2018, goods normally eligible for GSP – and are now subject to the Section 232 Aluminum and Steel Tariff duties – will no longer qualify for GSP status.
    No GSP refunds will be issued on shipments entered during the lapse period. (Note: this is on a per line basis, not per entry).
    Argentina and Brazil are exempt from Section 232 tariffs, therefore can claim GSP.
    African Growth and Opportunity (AGOA) goods are not affected.
    Goods entered on or before December 31, 2017 are not affected.

Specific details are explained in the Federal Register Notice. Specific details and further guidance from CBP are found here (please special note of the Phased GSP Refund Processing Phase 2).

If you have any questions, please contact your local C J Representative.

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