Eligible Commodities - GSM-102 Program

Criteria for determining agricultural commodity/product eligibility under the GSM-102 Program:

  1. The commodity or product must meet the definition of “agricultural commodity” found in 7 U.S.C. 5602:  “The term “agricultural commodity” means any agricultural commodity, food, feed, fiber, or livestock (including livestock as it is defined in section 602(s) of the Agricultural Act of 1949 (7 U.S.C. 1471(2)) and insects) and any product thereof.”    In addition, to be deemed an agricultural commodity or product, an item must contain 50% or more agricultural content, by weight.  [For example, a fruit juice product that is 49% fruit juice and 51% water would not be eligible.]

The chart below contains a list of export Harmonized Tariff Schedule codes that FAS has determined meet the definition of “agricultural commodity.”  As a first step in receiving approval of a new commodity, the exporter should determine if the product is classified as an agricultural commodity according to the Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HS codes) below.  If the product is included in one of these approved categories, the exporter should contact FAS to determine if the product is approved for coverage under the GSM-102 program.

Jonathan Doster, Branch Chief
Planning and Analysis Branch
Credit Programs Division
(202) 720-6211

Agricultural Products – HS Chapters



Live animals

Chapter 1  

Meat and edible meat offal

Chapter 2  

Fish and crustaceans, mollusks and other aquatic invertebrates

Chapter 3

Dairy produce; birds’ eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin NESOI (Not Elsewhere Specific Or Included)

Chapter 4

Products of animal origin NESOI

Chapter 5

Excludes human hair (0501)

Live trees and other plants; bulbs, roots and the like; cut flowers and ornamental foliage

Chapter 6

Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers

Chapter 7

Edible fruits and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons

Chapter 8

Coffee, tea, maté and spices

Chapter 9

ONLY 0904 (spices) is included.


Chapter 10

Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten

Chapter 11

Oilseeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruit; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder

Chapter 12 

Lac; gums; resins; and other vegetable saps and extracts

Chapter 13

Vegetable plaiting materials; vegetable products NESOI

Chapter 14

Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products; prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes

Chapter 15

Preparations of meat, of fish or of crustaceans, mollusks or other aquatic invertebrates

Chapter 16  

Sugars and sugar confectionary

Chapter 17

ONLY 1702 (glucose, lactose, fructose) is included.

Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; pasta cooks’ products

Chapter 19

Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants

Chapter 20

Miscellaneous edible preparations

Chapter 21

Beverages, spirits and vinegar

Chapter 22

Excludes water (2201), soft drinks (2202.10), and energy drinks (2202.90.90)

Residue and waste from the food industries; prepared animal fodder

Chapter 23

Organic chemicals

Chapter 29

ONLY 2905.43 (mannitol), 2905.44 (sorbitol) and 2922.41 (lysine) are included.

Essential oils

Chapter 33

ONLY 3302.10 (essential oils mainly composed of fruit) is included.

Albuminoidal substances; modified starches, glues; enzymes

Chapter 35

Excludes adhesives on rubber (3506.91)
penicillin and “other” enzymes (3507.90)

Miscellaneous Chemical Products

Chapter 38

ONLY 3809.1 (finishing agents), 3824.60 (sorbitol) and 3826.00 (biodiesel) are included, provided 50% or more of the content is agricultural. 

Raw hides and skins (other than fur skins) and leather

Chapter 41

Furskins and artificial fur; manufactures thereof

Chapter 43

ONLY 4301 (raw furskins) and 4302
(tanned or dressed furskins) are included

Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal


Chapter 44

Excludes finished products (4414-4420): frames (4414), pallets (4415), barrels (4416), tools (4417), windows/doors (4418), kitchenware (4419), and jewel case (4420)

Wood pulp

Chapter 47

Excludes cotton linters pulp (4706.10), unbleached kraft paper or paperboard (4707.10), other paper or paperboard made mainly of bleached paper pulp (4707.20), paper or paperboard made mainly of mechanical pulp (4707.30), and recovered paper (4707.90)

Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard

Chapter 48

Excludes finished products (4806-4823):
veg parchment (4806), wallpaper (4814), envelopes (4817), toilet paper (4818), and notebook/binders (4820)


Chapter 50

ONLY products with 50% or more agricultural content are included.

Wool, fine or course animal hair; horsehair yarn and woven fabric

Chapter 51

ONLY products with 50% or more agricultural content are included.


Chapter 52

ONLY products with 50% or more agricultural content are included.

Other vegetable textile fibers; paper yarn and woven fabrics of paper yarn

Chapter 53

Excludes entire chapter unless 50% or more of the content is agricultural

Wadding, felt and nonwovens, etc.

Chapter 56

ONLY 5601.21 (wadding/batting of cotton) and 5602.21 (wadding/batting of wool) are included  - provided 50% or more of the content is agricultural.

  1. Upon receipt of the exporter’s request, FAS will determine whether an exporter is likely to be able to certify in an application for payment guarantee and evidence of export report that the commodity/product meets the definition of “U.S. agricultural commodity” as required by  7 CFR Section 1493.20:

U.S. Agricultural Commodity or U.S. Agricultural Commodities.  (1)(i) An agricultural commodity or product entirely produced in the United States; or
(ii) A product of an agricultural commodity--

(A) 90 percent or more of the agricultural components of which by weight, excluding packaging and added water, is entirely produced in the United States; and

(B) That the Secretary determines to be a high value agricultural product.

(2) For purposes of this definition, fish entirely produced in the United States include fish harvested by a documented fishing vessel as defined in title 46, United States Code, in waters that are not waters (including the territorial sea) of a foreign country.  

Standard (non-high value) products that must be entirely produced in the United States include:

  • Bulk agricultural commodities (wheat, corn, soybeans, rice, etc.)
  • Consumer-ready products such as fresh and dried fruits and vegetables, eggs, and nuts. 
  • First transformation products or semi-processed products, including products that result from the first processing of raw agricultural commodities, such as fresh, chilled and frozen meats, carcass, cuts, hides and other animal by-products, flour, vegetable oils, milk powder, butter, hops extract, lumber, wood pulp, milled rice, etc.
  • Products subject to minor processes such as bleaching or fortifying of flour, refining of oil, packaging for retail sales, etc., that do not essentially change the nature of or the quality of the products.

High value products are those highly processed products that are ready for the consumer and do not retain the image of being a pure product.  These include items such as cake mixes, breakfast cereals, bakery mixes, vegetable shortening, canned and frozen fruit and juices, seasoned meat, meat products, infant formula, yogurt, ice cream, flavored specialty cheeses, fruit beverages, beer, wine, whiskey, instant soup mix, seasonings.

To ensure that exporters will be able to certify the required level of U.S. content, FAS will consider whether the United States is a significant importer of a product or one of its components, as well as the ability of exporters to provide documentation regarding the origin of the product or its components.  A product will be deemed ineligible for the GSM-102 program if CCC determines that exporters cannot certify the U.S. origin of the product.   For example, products containing more than 10 percent sugar, cocoa, or coffee are not eligible for coverage.

  1. FAS must also determine that the commodity/product has commercially available price information.  The program regulations in 7 CFR Section 1493.70 (b) provide that if the unit sales price of a commodity does not fall within the prevailing commercial market range, an application for a payment guarantee will not be approved.   In order for FAS to make this determination, commercial price information must be available.