Sri Lanka exporters should reclaim duty before April 18: US

Dec 15, 2011 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s exporters should claim refunds under a resumed generalized system of preferences (GSP) tariff relief scheme before April 18, 2011, the US embassy said. The US GSP scheme expired on Jan 01, 2011 but was retroactively renewed from November 04, 2011. Duties paid during the period could be claimed from US customs authorities.

The full statement is reproduced below.

April 18 Deadline for GSP Duty Refund Claims

Colombo: The United States Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program was renewed on November 4, 2011, and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has announced procedures for claiming duty refunds for exports eligible under the GSP program. There will be an April 18, 2012, deadline for filing claims for refunds of duties paid on GSP -eligible merchandise entered or withdrawn from warehouses for consumption during the period January 1 through November 4, 2011.

GSP expired Jan. 1, 2011, but was retroactively renewed effective Nov. 4. Since refunds were automatic for those products marked with the Special Program Indicator, the CBP has begun processing refunds for entries filed via the Automated Broker Interface with