ATMI Petitions USTR To Drop GSP Benefits
Citing high tariffs, import bans and other restrictions against U.S. textile exports, ATMI sent
petitions to the Office of the United States Trade Representative (UStr) requesting that
Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) duty-free benefits be withdrawn from India, Pakistan, Egypt
and South Africa until they provide the United States with effective market access. "In 1994, this
administration promised the U.S. textile industry that it would get access to overseas markets,"
said Roger W. Chastain, ATMI president, "Its now 2000 and were still at ground zero in terms of
access into most countries, and the four countries that were seeking to have GSP benefits removed
from are among the worst offenders. We urge the GSP subcommittee to move quickly to withdraw these
benefits," he said.The petitions to the UStr cite specifically Pakistans bans on the importation of
many textile products; Indias recent imposition of specific duties of as high as 100 percent;
Egypts marking rules, customs procedures and recent tariff hikes; and South Africas tariffs on
imported textile and apparel products that run as high as 78 percent.U.S. Department of Commerce
figures show that in 1999 these four countries exported more than $4.4 billion in textile and
apparel products to the United States. In 1999, U.S. textile exports to those same four countries
totalled less than $50 million.