Pakistan has been granted the General System of Preferences (GSP) plus status by the European Union (EU), along with six new Conventions. An EU statement had warned Pakistan that it might temporarily lose its GSP+ status over human rights violations. Pakistan’s status has been reassessed in April following an increase in blasphemy accusations and acts of religious violence.
Moreover, the GSP+ program cuts import tariffs on Pakistani goods entering the EU to zero if the country complies with a variety of international human rights laws. The EU granted Pakistan an extension of two years in 2020. In 2022, the bloc’s review committee will consider Pakistan’s performance and decide whether to grant another extension.