Category Archives: Small Business

New Jersey Small Business Explains Impacts of GSP Expiration, Renewal

EVCO International is a small business in Manalapan, New Jersey that imports marble kitchenware and bath accessories from Indonesia and India and kettles from Thailand. When GSP expired and EVCO tried to raises prices, sales fell. Higher costs impacted both … Continue reading

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Importance of GSP Imports for American Jobs

The 2016 presidential elections have focused a lot on trade – and not in a good way. The remaining candidates on both sides of the aisle seem to be jockeying for the mantle of “Most Protectionist.” In current environment, it … Continue reading

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661 Companies and Associations Send Letter Urging Congress to Renew GSP, Other Preferences

This morning, the Coalition for GSP joined with 660 organizations to send a letter urging all members of Congress to support passage of the Trade Preferences Extension Act of 2015 included in H.R. 1295. The 661 organizations included 28 associations … Continue reading

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GSP Expiration – A Hard Lesson About Imports and Jobs

May is World Trade Month. For those intrepid trade souls who like to buck conventional wisdom and speak about the unspeakable – the benefits of imports – today also marks the start of the 4th annual “Imports Work for America” … Continue reading

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Small Businesses Are Hurt Most by GSP Expiration

National Small Business Week kicked off today. According to the SBA, more than half of Americans either own or work for a small business. These companies are also some of the biggest users of the GSP program: more than 530 … Continue reading

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What Could They Have Accomplished if GSP Had Been Renewed?

One of our Coalition members has been racking up accolades recently: 2013 INC 5000 member 2013 state “manufacturer of the year” nominee 2014 INC 5000 member (albeit a much lower rank) 2014 county chamber “small business of the year” winner … Continue reading

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Too Late to Save This GSP Importer, But Not Too Late for Others

We heard yesterday from someone that used to import under GSP. Sadly, he and his wife no longer own the business they started together more than 10 years ago. Why? GSP expiration caused a major hit on cash flow and … Continue reading

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