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Small Business Paid $250,000 in INTEREST on Bank Loans to Stay Afloat During GSP Expiration

Last week, we profiled two companies (Summit Specialty International in Georgia and Sophia Foods in New York) that have bounced bounced strongly since Congress renewed GSP. Despite difficulties faced during the GSP lapse, both have more workers – and provide … Continue reading

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It isn’t 1810

“It is an extremely arbitrary and outdated tariff. Our politicians need to realize we operate in a global economy now; it isn’t 1810.” That comment was provided by Alex Livingston, President of Summit Specialty International in Alpharetta, Georgia, in response … Continue reading

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GSP Renewal Allows New York Small Business to Refill Positions Lost During Expiration – and Then Some

Last week, we received a response to our new GSP renewal impacts survey from Candace Abitbul from Sophia Foods in Brooklyn, New York. Candace and her husband Danny, who own the small business together, have repeatedly shared their GSP story … Continue reading

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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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GSP Renewal Allows Small Business to Hire 2 New Workers

Fab-Line Machinery, which has facilities in St. Charles, Illinois and Nashville, Tennessee, imports metal fabrication machinery from Turkey under GSP. The products, including hydraulic press breaks, hydraulic shears, and plasma cutting systems, are used by American manufacturers for domestic production. … Continue reading

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Ohio Small Biz: At Least 3 Net Jobs Tied to GSP Refunds

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. The pictures above (or at least the checks in them) are worth SO much more. The checks are the first GSP refunds for The Cannon Group, a small business in Westerville, … Continue reading

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New GSP Survey Responses: “A refund of tariffs would be just the shot in the arm we need”

Yesterday we highlighted some of the early responses to our latest latest survey. With lots of trade action expected in Congress during the upcoming week, we need as many survey response ASAP. So no one thinks we’re only interested in … Continue reading

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GSP Expiration Cost Another $54 Million in November 2013

Big trade news out of Washington yesterday: data released showed that $1.4 billion in GSP-eligible goods were imported in November. Unfortunately, since GSP was expired, American companies paid an extra $53.7 million in taxes. Most of the companies paying those … Continue reading

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GSP Expiration: “Playing Chicken” with Competitors or Profits

While all responses to ourĀ August/September expiration survey are appreciated, we love the submissions that allow us to quote them directly. The following comment comes from Candace Abitbul at Sophia Foods in Brooklyn, New York. This family-owned (very) small business paid … Continue reading

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Fair Trade Importer WorldFinds: “These Tariffs Are Paralyzing Us”

One of our latest GSP expiration survey responses shows how the new tariffs harm not just American companies and consumers, but also the small producers in developing countries that GSP was originally designed to help. The submission came from Kelly … Continue reading

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