15 CFR 2007.1 - Information required of interested parties in submitting requests for modifications in the last of eligible articles.
(a) General Information Required. A request submitted pursuant to this part, hereinafter also referred to as a petition, except requests submitted pursuant to § 2007.0(b), shall state clearly on the first page that it is a request for action with respect to the provision of duty-free treatment for an article or articles under the GSP, and must contain all information listed in this paragraph and in paragraphs (b) and (c). Petitions which do not contain the information required by this paragraph shall not be accepted for review except upon a showing that the petitioner made a good faith effort to obtain the information required. Petitions shall contain, in addition to any other information specifically requested, the following information:
(1) The name of the petitioner, the person, firm or association represented by the petitioner, and a brief description of the interest of the petitioner claiming to be affected by the operation of the GSP;
(2) An identification of the product or products of interest to the petitioner, including a detailed description of products and their uses and the identification of the pertinent item number of the Tariff Schedules of the United States (TSUS). Where the product or products of interest are included with other products in a basket category of the TSUS, provide a detailed description of the product or products of interest;
(3) A description of the action requested, together with a statement of the reasons therefor and any supporting information;
(4) A statement of whether to the best of the Petitioner's knowledge, the reasoning and information has been presented to the TPSC previously either by the petitioner or another party. If the Petitioner has knowledge the request has been made previously, it must include either new information which indicates changed circumstances or a rebuttal of the factors supporting the denial of the previous request. If it is a request for a product addition, the previous request must not have been formally accepted for review within the preceding three calendar year period; and
(5) A statement of the benefits anticipated by the petitioner if the request is granted, along with supporting facts or arguments.
(b) Requests to withdraw, limit or suspend eligibility with respect to designated articles. Petitions requesting withdrawal or limitation of duty-free treatment accorded under GSP to an eligible article or articles must include the following information with respect to the relevant United States industry for the most recent three year period:
(1) The names, number and locations of the firms producing a like or directly competitive product;
(2) Actual production figures;
(3) Production capacity and capacity utilization;
(4) Employment figures, including number, type, wage rate, location, and changes in any of these elements;
(5) Sales figures in terms of quantity, value and price;
(6) Quantity and value of exports, as well as principal export markets;
(7) Profitability of firm on firms producing the like product, if possible show profit data by product line;
(8) Analysis of cost including materials, labor and overhead;
(9) A discussion of the competitive situation of the domestic industry;
(10) Identification of competitors; analysis of the effect imports receiving duty-free treatment under the GSP have on competition and the business of the interest on whose behalf the request is made;
(11) Any relevant information relating to the factors listed in section 501 and 502(c) of Title V of the Trade Act of 1974, as amended (19 U.S.C. 2501, 502(c)) such as identification of tariff and non-tariff barriers to sales in foreign markets;
(12) Any other relevant information including any additional information that may be requested by the GSP Subcommittee.
This information should be submitted with the request for each article that is the subject of the request, both for the party making the request, and to the extent possible, for the industry to which the request pertains.
(c) Requests to designate new articles. Information to be provided in petitions requesting the designation of new articles submitted by interested parties must include for the most recent three year period the following information for the beneficiary country on whose behalf the request is being made and, to the extent possible, other principal beneficiary country suppliers:
(1) Identification of the principal beneficiary country suppliers expected to benefit from proposed modification;
(2) Name and location of firms;
(3) Actual production figures (and estimated increase in GSP status is granted);
(4) Actual production and capacity utilization (and estimated increase if GSP status is granted);
(5) Employment figures, including numbers, type, wage rate, location and changes in any of these elements if GSP treatment is granted;
(6) Sales figures in terms of quantity, value and prices;
(7) Information on total exports including principal markets, the distribution of products, existing tariff preferences in such markets, total quantity, value and trends in exports;
(8) Information on exports to the United States in terms of quantity, value and price, as well as considerations which affect the competitiveness of these exports relative to exports to the United States by other beneficiary countries of a like or directly competitive product. Where possible, petitioners should provide information on the development of the industry in beneficiary countries and trends in their production and promotional activities;
(9) Analysis of cost including materials, labor and overhead;
(10) Profitability of firms producing the product;
(11) Information on unit prices and a statement of other considerations such as variations in quality or use that affect price competition;
(12) If the petition is submitted by a foreign government or a government controlled entity, it should include a statement of the manner in which the requested action would further the economic development of the country submitting the petition;
(13) If appropriate, an assessment of how the article would qualify under the GSP's 35 percent value-added requirements; and
(14) Any other relevant information, including any information that may be requested by the GSP Subcommittee.
Submissions made by persons in support of or opposition to a request made under this part should conform to the requirements for requests contained in § 2007.1(a) (3) and (4), and should supply such other relevant information as is available.