The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) is reviewing the eligibility of India, Indonesia, and Kazakhstan in the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) based on concerns about the countries' compliance with the programme.

The USTR says the reviews are based on the Trump Administration's new GSP country eligibility assessment process as well as GSP country eligibility petitions.

"GSP provides an important tool to help enforce the Trump Administration's key principles of free and fair trade across the globe. The President is committed to ensuring that those countries who receive GSP benefits uphold their end of the bargain by continuing to meet the eligibility criteria outlined by Congress," said deputy US Trade Representative Jeffrey Gerrish. "We hope that India, Indonesia, and Kazakhstan will work with us to address the concerns that led to these new reviews."

For India, the GSP country eligibility review is based on concerns related to its compliance with the GSP market access criterion. While, for Indonesia, it is based on concerns related to its compliance with the GSP market access criterion and the GSP services and investment criterion. Kazakhstan's eligibility review is based on concerns related to its compliance with the GSP worker rights criterion.

A public hearing and comment period for the new GSP reviews of India, Indonesia, and Kazakhstan will be announced in an upcoming Federal Register notice.

The next GSP assessment process will start in the autumn and will cover beneficiary countries in Eastern Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, and the Western Hemisphere.

The GSP is the largest and oldest US trade preference program and is designed to promote economic development by allowing duty-free entry for thousands of products from designated beneficiary countries. Congress voted last month to renew the GSP through 2020.