Executive Order 12441 -- Amending the Generalized System of Preferences

September 20, 1983

By virtue of the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and statutes of the United States of America, including Title V of the Trade Act of 1974 (19 U.S.C. 2461 et seq.) as amended, and Section 604(a) of the Trade Act of 1974 (19 U.S.C. 2483(a)), in order to modify the limitations on preferential treatment for eligible articles from countries designated as beneficiary developing countries and to make technical corrections to provisions of the Tariff Schedules of the United States (TSUS) (19 U.S.C. 1202), it is hereby ordered as follows:

Section 1. The article description in item 153.05 of the TSUS is modified by deleting therefrom ``and blackberry''.

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 further amended by deleting TSUS item 304.58 and by inserting in numerical sequence TSUS item 544.41.

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 further amended by deleting item 544.41 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 --

(a) by deleting ``544.41 . . . Mexico'';

(b) by inserting ``Hong Kong'' in addition to Taiwan and Republic of Korea opposite item 678.50; and

(c) by deleting ``Taiwan'' opposite TSUS item 688.43 and inserting in lieu thereof ``Hong Kong''.

Sec. 5. (a) The amendments made by Sections 1 and 4(b) 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this Order are effective with respect to articles both: (1) imported on and after January 1, 1976, and (2) entered, or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption, on or after the third day following publication of this Order in the Federal Register.

(b) The other amendments made by this Order are effective with respect to articles both: (1) imported on or after January 1, 1976, and (2) entered, or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption, on or after March 31, 1983.

Ronald Reagan

The White House,

September 20, 1983.

[Filed with the Office of the Federal Register, 11:08 a.m., September 21, 1983]

Note: The text of the Executive order was released by the Office of the Press Secretary on September 21.