Pakistan to boost commodities exports to US under GSP

ISLAMABAD —Pakistan is working out a plan to increase export of those commodities availing duty concessions to United States under the generalised system of preference (GSP) during 2007-08.

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Published: Thu 12 Jul 2007, 8:57 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 10:19 PM

An official in the commerce ministry said that in the recent review of the GSP scheme products of many developing countries particularly of India, Brazil etc. has been graduated out of this scheme, which would give more leverage to Pakistani products in grabbing market access.

The United States has terminated some trade benefits for India, Brazil and other developing countries under the GSP programme that provided duty-free access for $32.6 billion worth of goods from developing countries, in 2006.

Pakistan exported $4.391 million worth goods to United Stated in the year 2006 under the GSP scheme of deminis waiver a certain percentage reduction in duty on import from Pakistan. Of these Pakistan exported dates, fresh or dried, whole, without pits, packed in units weighing over 4.6 kg worth $3.360 million during the year 2006. An export of $86,420 worth buffalo hides and skins nesoi, w/o hair on, unit surface area over 2.6 m2, tanned but not further prepared, in the wet state the wet state.

The export of hides and skins of goats or kids, without hair on, tanned but not further prepared, in the dry state (crust) stood at $924,650 and whole buffalo skin leather (not full grain unsplits/grain splits), w/o hair on, over 2.6 sq m, prepared after tanning or crusting, not 4114 stood at $20,033 during the year 2006 under the GSP scheme.

In December 2006, US Congress approved a bill that provided new guidelines for determining whether a particular product is eligible for duty-free treatment under the GSP programme. It was aimed at eliminating GSP eligibility for products where developing countries had shown they could compete without assistance.

According to the official, the ministry has not conducted any research so far that what would be the implication of the graduation of the commodities of these countries on Pakistani exports. However, he said that certainly Pakistani products of these categories would get preferential access to the US market as compared to other countries.

It is also said that 20 prominent textile exporters from Pakistan will participate in the Material World, the premier apparel, textiles and accessories event of United States.

An official announcement of the Trade Development Authority of Pakistan issued here said that the event is being held in New York from September 25 to 27. TDAP is organising the national pavilion in collaboration with Commercial Section of Consulate General of Pakistan, New York.

The TDAP is currently in the process of selecting the exhibitors. Material World is an official event of American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA) and is endorsed by National Textile Association, Textile Distributors Association and American Apparel Producers Network. The trade fair is held twice a year, once in Miami and once in New York. 16 Companies from Pakistan showcased their products in the Miami edition of Material World held in May this year, where Pakistan was given the status of featured country. The USA is the largest market of textile products in the world and is the largest buyer of Pakistani textiles. New York is the commercial hub of US and all the leading textiles brands and chain stores have their sourcing headquarters in New York.

Material World is, therefore, being viewed by TDAP as a focal point of its marketing strategy in US and TDAP has been gradually increasing the size of Pakistan Pavilion in this trade fair. Material World showcases textiles, fabrics, yarn, accessories, garments and home furnishings.

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