Executive Order 12311 -- Amending the Generalized System of Preferences

June 29, 1981

By virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and statutes of the United States of America, including Title V of the Trade Act of 1974 (88 Stat. 2066, 19 U.S.C. 2461 et seq.) as amended, Section 604 of the Trade Act of 1974 (88 Stat. 2073, 19 U.S.C. 2483), and as President of the United States of America, in order to modify the limitations on preferential treatment for eligible articles from countries designated as beneficiary developing countries and to adjust the original designation of eligible articles taking into account information and advice received in fulfillment of Sections 503(a) and 131 - 134 of the Trade Act of 1974 (88 Stat. 2069, 19 U.S.C. 2463; 88 Stat. 1994, 19 U.S.C. 2151 et seq.), it is hereby ordered as follows:

Section 1. In order to subdivide and amend the nomenclature of existing items for purposes of the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP), the Tariff Schedules of the United States (TSUS) (19 U.S.C. 1202) are modified as provided in Annex I, attached hereto and made a part hereof.

Sec. 2. Annex II of Executive Order No. 11888 of November 24, 1975, as amended, listing articles that are eligible for benefits of the GSP when imported from any designated beneficiary developing country is amended:

(a) by adding in numerical sequence the following TSUS item numbers created by Annex I of this Order: 170.12, 170.13 and 170.70,

(b) by deleting TSUS item 408.52, and

(c) by adding in numerical sequence TSUS items 603.45, 687.42 and 727.29.

Sec. 3. Annex III of Executive Order No. 11888, as amended, listing articles that are eligible for benefits of the GSP when imported from all designated beneficiary countries except those specified in General Headnote 3(c)(iii) of the TSUS, is amended by deleting TSUS items 603.45, 687.42, and 727.29 therefrom.

Sec. 4. General Headnote 3(c)(iii) of the TSUS, listing articles that are eligible for benefits of the GSP except when imported from the beneficiary countries listed opposite those articles, is modified by deleting Mozambique opposite TSUS item 155.20, and also deleting ``603.45. . . . Chile'', ``687.42. . . . Taiwan'', and ``727.29. . . . Yugoslavia'' therefrom.

Sec. 5. In order to provide staged reductions in the rates of duty for the new TSUS items created by Annex I to this Order, Annex III to Proclamation 4768 of June 28, 1980, is amended by Annex II to this Order, attached hereto and made a part hereof.

Sec. 6. (a) The amendment made by Section 2(b) of this order is effective with respect to articles both: (1) imported on and after January 1, 1976, and (2) entered, or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption, on and after December 2, 1980;

(b) The amendments made by sections 2(c), 3, 4, and Annex I(A) are effective with respect to articles both: (1) imported on and after January 1, 1976, and (2) entered, or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption, on and after March 31, 1981; and

(c) The amendments made by the remaining sections of this order are effective with respect to articles both: (1) imported on and after January 1, 1976, and (2) entered, or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption, on and after the third day following the date of publication of this Order in the Federal Register.

Ronald Reagan

The White House,

June 29, 1981.

[Filed with the Office of the Federal Register, 1:02 p.m., June 30, 1981]

Note: The annexes are printed in the Federal Register of July 1, 1981.

The text of the Executive order was released by the Office of the Press Secretary on June 30.