Renewing the GSP Program: A Vital Mission

Mario Diaz-Ballart


Debbie Wasserman Schultz



In October 2020, AFIF – America’s Flower Connection (AFIF) achieved a significant milestone by securing the inclusion of roses in the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP). However, as the program faced expiration at the year’s end, AFIF has been hard at work ever since and engaged with our partners in Washington D.C., making a strong case to Congress to renew the GSP program.

The impact of GSP on the flower industry is significant. By allowing duty-free imports, the supports economic stability in developing economies by granting them access to the U.S. market. Unfortunately, since the GSP’s expiration in 2020, the U.S. Flower industry has borne the burden program provides essential cost savings, enabling businesses to thrive. Equally crucial, it of over $ 80 million in duties on imported flowers, stifling local investment and job growth.

Over the past three and a half years, AFIF’s has engaged in countless conference calls, meetings, and visits with members of Congress. Its unwavering message emphasizes the urgency of passing a new GSP program, one that includes retroactive payments for eligible imports and increased Competitive Needs Limitations (CNL). As the industry’s advocate, AFIF remains committed to ensuring a robust GSP program that benefits all stakeholders.

As the association of floral product importers, AFIF remains committed to advocating for its members for a robust GSP program and fostering a productive dialogue. Stay tuned for further updates as we navigate this complex landscape.