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U.S. Talk Representative; EUDR Expansion; Hungary Tanks Innovation; Russia Bolsters CAP

U.S. Talk Representative The Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) that grants duty free access to products from poorer countries expired almost four years ago. The African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), which provides similar nonreciprocal preferential access to the U.S. market but aimed at Sub-Saharan Africa is scheduled to expire in September 2025. There are efforts on Capitol Hill to renew GSP and extend AGOA for another 16-20 years. Those trading under both programs worry about having too many criteria for eligibility and setting the bar on rules of origin too high. However, one complaint is that the Biden Administration is not engaged in either issue. One industry representative suggested that someone needs to put Trade instead...

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