On November 1, 2016, the United States Fashion Industry Association (USFIA) filed comments to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) on the hearing on the Initiation of the 2016 and 2017 Annual Generalized System of Preferences Product and Country Practices Review. USFIA expressed support for “expanding the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) benefits to grant eligibility for all beneficiary countries to supply travel goods–items like luggage, backpacks, purses, and wallets.” However, we urged “the Administration to also designate the remaining GSP beneficiary countries as eligible to export all statutorily eligible travel goods into the U.S. market under the GSP,” and consider the testimony of brands and retailers who “shared their perspective about how expanded GSP benefits would be a benefit for American consumers as well as for manufacturers in developing countries.” USFIA’s comments are available here.