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African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA)


Countries Involved:Africa Economic Institute Zambia, Africa Economic Institute Uganda, Africa Economic Institute Togo, Africa Economic Institute Tanzania, United Republic Of, Africa Economic Institute Swaziland, Africa Economic Institute South Africa, Africa Economic Institute Sierra Leone, Africa Economic Institute Seychelles, Africa Economic Institute Senegal, Africa Economic Institute Sao Tome And Principe, Africa Economic Institute Rwanda, Africa Economic Institute Nigeria, Africa Economic Institute Niger, Africa Economic Institute Namibia, Africa Economic Institute Mozambique, Africa Economic Institute Mauritius, Africa Economic Institute Mauritania, Africa Economic Institute Mali, Africa Economic Institute Malawi, Africa Economic Institute Madagascar, Africa Economic Institute Liberia, Africa Economic Institute Lesotho, Africa Economic Institute Kenya, Africa Economic Institute Guinea-Bissau, Africa Economic Institute Guinea, Africa Economic Institute Ghana, Africa Economic Institute Gambia, Africa Economic Institute Gabon, Africa Economic Institute Ethiopia, Africa Economic Institute Djibouti, Africa Economic Institute DRC, Africa Economic Institute Congo, Africa Economic Institute Comoros, Africa Economic Institute Chad, Africa Economic Institute Cape Verde, Africa Economic Institute Cameroon, Africa Economic Institute Burundi, Africa Economic Institute Burkina Faso, Africa Economic Institute Botswana, Africa Economic Institute Benin, Africa Economic Institute Angola, Africa Economic Institute United States of America,
Area of Cooperation:Goods
Summary:


The African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) is a United States Trade Act that significantly enhances U.S. market access for (currently) 39 Sub-Saharan African (SSA) countries. The Act originally covered the 8-year period from October 2000 to September 2008, but amendments signed into law by U.S.President George Bush in July 2004 further extend AGOA to 2015. At the same time, a special dispensation relating to apparel was extended by three years to 2007. On 20 December 2006, key changes to AGOA were signed into law, extending the garment provisions to 2012. In June 2007, a revised textile certificate of origin was published to give effect to the "abundant supply" provisions contained in the most recent legislative changes.

AGOA builds on existing U.S. trade programs by expanding the (duty-free) benefits previously available only under the Generalised System of Preferences (GSP) program. Duty-free access to the U.S. market under the combined AGOA/GSP program stands at approximately 7,000 product tariff lines, including the roughly 1,800 product tariff lines that were added to the GSP by the AGOA legislation. Notably, these include items such as apparel and footwear, wine, certain motor vehicle components, a variety of agricultural products, chemicals, steel and others.

The purpose of this legislation was to assist the economies of sub-Saharan Africa and to improve economic relations between the United States and the region.



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