Suspension of Generalised System of Preferences (GSP) for certain beneficiary countries and sections (CIP 04/2020)

Find out about changes affecting certain Generalised System of Preferences countries.

What will change

The Generalised System of Preferences will be suspended for certain countries, in accordance with Article 8(1) of Regulation (EU) 978/2012 and Regulation (EU) 2019/249.

When the change applies

The suspension applies from 1 January 2020 to 31 December 2022.

Who is affected by the change

The changes will apply to the countries and sections listed below.

Country GSP Sections - Article 2(j) Reg. 978/2012Description
India   S-6a   Inorganic and organic chemicals
    S-11a   Textiles
    S-14   Pearls and precious metals
    S-15a   Iron, steel and articles of iron and steel
    S15-b   Base metals (excl. iron and steel), articles of base metals (excl. articles of iron and steel)
    S-17a   Railway or tramway locomotives, rolling-stock
    S-17b   Motor vehicles, bicycles, aircraft and spacecraft, ships and boats
Indonesia   S-1a   Live animals and animal products excluding fish
    S-3   Animal or vegetable oils, fats and waxes
    S-5   Mineral products
    S-9a   Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal
Kenya   S-2a   Live plants and floricultural products


You can find out about all GSP changes in the EU Official Journal.

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Issued on 31 January 2020 by Customs Directorate, HMRC.

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