Mega-retailer Wal-Mart Stores Inc. wants plastic gloves added to the Commerce Department's list of products that are imported duty-free into the United States from economically underdeveloped countries.
Bentonville, Ark.-based Wal-Mart also wants Pakistan added to the list of countries that receive duty-free status when importing plastic gloves used for sports.
Wal-Mart spokesman Bill Wertz said that company officials viewed the request as ``proprietary information'' and declined further comment. A government spokesman said decisions on changes to the duty-free list - formally known as the Generalized System of Preferences or GSP - are made by the end of June.
In addition to an attempt to remove PET resin from the list of GSP products, other current plastics-related petitons concerning GSP include:
* Engineering resin maker Ticona's attempt to remove Brazil from the list of countries granted duty-free status on ultrahigh-molecular-weight polyethylene.
``To our knowledge, Brazilian UHMW PE is the only UHMW PE on the GSP list,'' Ticona spokesman Paul Reichenbacher said. ``We believe there's no reason why UHMW PE from that country should be given advantage over UHMW PE from any and all other countries.''
* A group of PET film makers - including DuPont Teijin Films, Mitsubishi Polyester Film LLC, Toray Plastics America Inc. and SKC Inc. - petitioning to remove Thailand's duty-free status on PET film.
* The Indian government's attempt to waive a limit placed on duty-free imports of plastic belting and belts for machinery.
* Celpack SA, an Argentine maker of polypropylene and expanded polystyrene, asking that Argentina be reinstated for duty-free imports of plastic packing material.