25 Apr 2018

GSP Refund Guidance for Importers

As of April 22, 2018, international shippers seeking retroactive refunds for goods filed under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) will finally begin to see reprieve as the bill goes into effect.

To expedite refunds, importers should verify their mailing address in the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE), including their Automated Clearinghouse (ACH) number and any ACH program participants.

Refunds will be processed in three phases:

  • The Trade Transformation Office will process all entries with the SPI “A” that were submitted during the lapse period (January 1 to present). Refunds should be received by mid-July.
  • Spreadsheets will be distributed to field personnel for manual entry processing that could not be batch processed. Spreadsheets will include:
    • If AD/CVD and GSP are on the same line, then no GSP refund will be issued until the AD/CVD liquidation order has been issued.
    • If AD/CVD and GSP are on different entry lines, then the GSP administrative refund should be processed manually by the field.
    • If Section 232 duties and GSP are on the same entry line, then no GSP refund will be issued, issued since 19 USC 2463(b)(2) precludes GSP program benefits accruing to Section 232 goods.
  • If Section 232 and GSP are on different entry lines, then the GSP administrative refund should be processed manually.
  • Importer-initiated claims for which the SPI “A” was not flagged at entry summary, but requested in post-imported claim.

Importers should submit their post-importation claim before September 19, 2019 if they failed to classify their goods with the SPI “A” on the entry summary. Failure to submit a claim before the 19thwill be denied a refund with or without protest.

For additional information, visit CBP’s full GSP guidance.

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