Haiti – USA: The ITC Survey on US-Haitian trade and trade preferences

Haiti – USA: The ITC Survey on US-Haitian trade and trade preferences
04/01/2022 10:07:17

Haiti - USA: The ITC Survey on US-Haitian trade and trade preferences

At the request of the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) is undertaking a new investigation into U.S.-Haitian trade and the impact of trade preference programs (HOPE and HELP) on Haiti’s economy and workers and whether these preferences should be extended (“US-Haiti Trade: Impact of US Preference Programs on Haiti’s Economy and Workers” Inv. No. 332-590″)

The Commission’s report will provide an overview of Haiti’s international trade since 1980, with particular emphasis on the impact of the Caribbean Basin Economic Recovery Act (CBERA Caribbean Basin Economic Recovery Act), the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP), the Haitian Hemisphere Opportunity by Fostering Partnership Act (HOPE Opportunity in the Haitian hemisphere through partnership encouragement) in 2006, HOPE II in 2008, and the Haiti Economic Lift Program (HELP Haitian Economic Recovery Program) in 2010, and the Trade Acts of 2000 and 2002 on Haiti’s trade relations with the United States, Haiti’s economy, and workers.

The findings of the ITC investigation will likely be used by lawmakers to determine whether to extend the HOPE and HELP trade preference programs for the benefit of Haitian manufacturers beyond their scheduled expiration date of September 30, 2025.

Haiti is currently the 13th source of clothing on the American market, and represents 1.36% of imports by volume. Key to the country’s growth as a supply partner was the Caribbean Basin Economic Recovery Act of 1983 and amendments to it through the Caribbean Basin Trade Partnership Act. Caribbean (CBTPA Caribbean Basin Trade Partnership Act.), the Haiti Hemispheric Opportunity through Partnership Encouragement (HOPE) Act, and the Haiti Economic Recovery Program (HELP) Act.

Late last year, US senators were weighing legislation to extend the HOPE Act and HELP Act through 2035. At the time, Steve Lamar, President and CEO of American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) said “Haiti is an important industry partner, both as a source of finished garments and as a market for US-made components. Haiti has experienced many difficulties in recent years, from natural disasters to political unrest. The renewal of these programs encourages companies to continue working in Haiti and to develop the industry there. While a stronger industry benefits the Haitian people, it also supports thousands of American jobs that depend on Haiti as a market for American-made textiles. »

The ITC survey will prepare a public report providing: an overview of the Haitian economy and its competitiveness; an examination of the role of US preferential programs in shaping the Haitian economy; and Case Studies on goods currently and historically exported from Haiti such as clothing, tropical fruits, and sporting goods, including baseballs, softballs, and basketballs.

The USITC expects to submit its report to the Committee no later than December 22, 2022.

HL/ HaitiLibre

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