Senate Moves Fast On Duty-Free Access Amid Retailer Push

Law360, New York (July 24, 2013, 3:53 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Senate on Wednesday began the process of renewing a trade program that gives nearly 130 developing countries duty-free access to the U.S. market under mounting pressure from the retail industry, which relies on the duty-free imports to sell goods at affordable prices.

Senate leaders have circulated a notice saying they intend to approve a bill to renew the Generalized System of Preferences program before its July 31 expiration by unanimous consent in a process known as hotlining.

“The Senate has hotlined that bill and...
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