European Union
The European Union´s GSP scheme extends from 1 January 2002 to 31 December 2004 for designated countries and territories. It covers numerous agricultural products as well as most processed and semi-processed industrial products. The current scheme simplifies the previous one by replacing the four categories of very sensitive, sensitive, semi-sensitive and non-sensitive products with just two categories: sensitive and non-sensitive products. The Handbook covers the "Everything but Arms" (EBA) amendment, granting unrestricted duty-free access to all products, excluding arms, originating in least developed countries.
The Handbook covers (1) beneficiary eligibility; (2) product coverage; (3) depth of tariff cuts; (4) maintenance of previous margins; (5) country-sector graduation and country graduation; (6) EBA; (7) special agreements to combat drugs; (8) special incentive arrangements; (9) temporary withdrawal of the GSP schemes; (10) suspension of the GSP scheme; (11) the anti-dumping clause; (12) safeguards; and (13) rules of origin. It also contains Council Regulations related to the scheme.
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While every care has been taken to ensure that the information contained in this handbook is correct, no liability or claim may be made against the publisher. This document has no legal value. Only the Regulations published in the Official Journal of the European Communities, which were the major sources used in preparing this handbook, have legal value. The designations employed and the presentation of the material in this handbook do not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of the Secretariat of the United Nations concerning the legal status of any country, territory, city or area, of its authorities, or concerning the delimitation of its frontiers or boundaries.


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