OTEXA - Nepal Trade Preference Program
TRADE PREFERENCE PROGRAMS
Nepal Trade Preference Program
If you have any questions about this program, please contact Thomas Newberg at the U.S. Department of Commerce, Office of Textiles and Apparel by email.
The Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015 (TFTEA) entered into force on February 24, 2016. Section 915 of the TFTEA directed the President to establish a new country-specific preference program to grant Nepal duty-free treatment for select tariff lines. The Nepal Trade Preference Program (NTPP) currently applies to a total of 77 tariff lines, including 56 textile tariff lines, ten leather and footwear tariff lines, nine clothing tariff lines, and two tariff lines for other manufactured products. These preferences were provided to assist Nepal in its recovery from the devastating April 2015 earthquake and subsequent aftershocks.
Nepal must meet the requirements under the Generalized System of Preferences and African Growth and Opportunity Act, namely that they must establish, or make continual progress toward establishing a market-based economy, the rule of law, political pluralism, right to due process, eliminate barriers to U.S. trade and investment, enact policies to reduce poverty, combat corruption, and protect human rights. Eligibility reviews are conducted annually by the Office of the United States Trade Representative in consultation with other U.S. Government agencies.
The Nepal Trade Preference Program is set to expire on December 31, 2025.
U.S. Imports under Nepal Trade Preference Program
Legislative History and Text
- Trade Facilitation and Enforcement Act 2015: Section 915