Proclamation: To Modify Duty-Free Treatment Under the Generalized System of Preferences
                              THE WHITE HOUSE

                       Office of the Press Secretary
                             (Abuja, Nigeria)


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For Immediate Release                                        August 27,
2000



                  TO MODIFY DUTY-FREE TREATMENT UNDER THE
                     GENERALIZED SYSTEM OF PREFERENCES

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             BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

                              A PROCLAMATION


     1.  Pursuant to sections 501 and 502 of the Trade Act of 1974, as
amended (the "1974 Act") (19 U.S.C. 2461 and 2462), the President is
authorized to designate countries as beneficiary developing countries for
purposes of the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP).

     2.  Pursuant to sections 501 and 502 of the 1974 Act, and having due
regard for the eligibility criteria set forth therein, I have determined
that it is appropriate to designate Nigeria as a beneficiary developing
country for purposes of the GSP.

     3.  Section 604 of the 1974 Act (19 U.S.C. 2483) authorizes the
President to embody in the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States
(HTS) the substance of the relevant provisions of that Act, and of other
acts affecting import treatment, and actions thereunder, including the
removal, modification, con-tinuance, or imposition of any rate of duty or
other import restriction.

     NOW, THEREFORE, I, WILLIAM J. CLINTON, President of the United States
of America, acting under the authority vested in me by the Constitution and
the laws of the United States of America, including but not limited to
title V and section 604 of the 1974 Act, do proclaim that:

     (1)  In order to reflect in the HTS the addition of Nigeria as a
beneficiary country under the GSP, general note 4(a) to the HTS is modified
by adding "Nigeria" to the list of independent countries, effective with
respect to articles entered, or with-drawn from warehouse for consumption,
on or after the date of signature of this proclamation.

     (2)  Any provisions of previous proclamations and Executive Orders
that are inconsistent with the actions taken in this proclamation are
superseded to the extent of such inconsistency.

     IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-seventh
day of August, in the year of our Lord two thousand, and of the
Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and
twenty-fifth.




                                   WILLIAM J. CLINTON




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