GSP updates for 2017

GSP changes coming into force from 1/1/2017 to 1/1/2019 show that India will lose preference benefit for a range of products including textiles.

MIQ Logistics have sought clarification from HMCR on this ruling and can confirm the following ruling applies:

“Textiles covers Chapters 50-65, but the legislation states that India are not entitled to preference only for Textiles that are classified under Section 11a, which is for Chapters 50-60.

Preference therefore cannot be claimed if the goods are classified under Chapters 50-60. Alternatively, if the goods are classified under Chapters 61-65 then preference can be claimed.

This arrangement has actually existed since 1st January 2014, so there has been no change from what was introduced then.”

The full GSP changes in force from 1st January 2017are shown below. This LINK will take you to the relevant EC page for Generalised Scheme of Preferences (GSP)

generalized-system-of-preferencesThe following countries will lose the GSP benefit from 1/1/2017 to 1/1/2019 for particular products;

  • India (Mineral Products, Inorganic/Organic Chemicals, Textiles, Iron/Steel and articles of Iron/Steel, Other Base Metals and articles of Other Base Metals, Motor vehicles, bicycles, aircraft and spacecraft, ships and boats)
  • Indonesia (Live animals and animal products excluding fish, Animal or vegetable oils, fats and waxes)
  • Kenya (Live plants and floricultural products)
  • Ukraine (Railway and tramway vehicles and products, Animal or vegetable oils, fats and waxes)

The following countries will lose benefit because they are deemed to be “upper-middle income” countries;

  • Iraq
  • Marshall Islands
  • Tonga
  • Fiji

The following countries will lose their GSP status because of Free Trade type arrangements they now or will enjoy;

  • Cameroon
  • Georgia