Executive Order 12471 -- Amending the Generalized System of Preferences

March 30, 1984

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 (the Trade Act) (19 U.S.C. 2461 et seq.), as amended, section 604 of the Trade Act (19 U.S.C. 2483), and section 503(a)(2)(A) of the Trade Agreements Act of 1979 (93 Stat. 251), in order to modify, as provided by sections 504(a) and (c) of the Trade Act (19 U.S.C. 2464(a) and (c)), the limitations on preferential treatment for eligible articles from countries designated as beneficiary developing countries; to adjust the original designation of eligible articles after taking into account information and advice received in fulfillment of sections 131 - 134 and 503(a) of the Trade Act (19 U.S.C. 2151 - 2154, 2463); to provide for the continuation, to the greatest extent possible, of preferential treatment under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) for articles which are currently eligible for such treatment and which are imported from countries designated as beneficiary developing countries, following changes to the Tariff Schedules of the United States (TSUS) (19 U.S.C. 1202) made by Proclamation 5140 (48 F.R. 56553); and to make technical changes in the identification of certain beneficiary developing countries, it is hereby ordered as follows:

Section 1. In order to subdivide and amend the nomenclature of existing items for purposes of the GSP, the TSUS are modified as provided in Annex I to this Order.

Sec. 2. Annex II of Executive Order No. 11888, as amended, listing articles that are eligible for benefits of the GSP when imported from any designated beneficiary developing country, is amended by substituting therefor the new Annex II to this Order.

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 substituting therefor the new Annex III to this Order.

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 substituting therefor the General Headnote 3(c)(iii) set forth in Annex IV to this Order.

Sec. 5. In order to provide staged reductions in the rates of duty for those new TSUS items created by Annex I to this Order, Annex III to Proclamation 4707, and Annex III to Proclamation 4768, are amended as set forth in Annex V to this Order.

Sec. 6. Whenever the column 1 rate of duty in the TSUS for any item specified in Annex I to this Order is reduced to the same level as, or to a lower level than, the corresponding rate of duty in the column entitled ``LDDC'' by Annex I to this Order, the rate of duty in the column entitled ``LDDC'' for such item shall be deleted from the TSUS.

Sec. 7. Annexes III and IV of Proclamation 4707, Annexes II, III, and IV of Proclamation 4768, and Annex I of Executive Order No. 12413, are superseded to the extent inconsistent with this Order.

Sec. 8. General Headnote 3(c)(i) of the TSUS listing the designated beneficiary developing countries for purposes of the GSP is modified as provided in Annex VI to this Order.

Sec. 9. In order to clarify the eligibility of certain articles for benefits of the GSP, headnote 1 to subpart C, part 2 of the Appendix to the TSUS is modified by deleting ``the Appendix to''. This modification is 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 January 1, 1984.

Sec. 10. Unless otherwise specified, the amendments made by this Order shall be 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 30, 1984.

Ronald Reagan

The White House,

March 30, 1984.

[Filed with the Office of the Federal Register, 4:11 p.m., March 30, 1984]

Note: The annexes to the Executive order are printed in the Federal Register of April 3, 1984.