PROCEDURES FOR FUTURE REFUNDS OF GSP DUTIES The Generalized System of Preferences expired Sept. 30, as it has done several times in its 27-year history.
In the past, when Congress renews the program, the Customs Service has refunded duties retroactively. GSP allows duty-free imports of selected goods from specified developing nationsAnticipating that will happen again in the future, Customs on Tuesday published guidelines for importers who may want to claim GSP refunds in the future.
Importers or brokers who use the Automated Broker Interface (ABI) should pay regular duty payments, but claim GSP treatment by using the 'special program indicator.'
Companies that pay duties by mail should submit a separate claim for a refund.
Details are available in the Federal Register, follow the JOCOnline links below, or go to http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi? dbname=2001_register&docid= fr020c01-107