Qualifies For US Access Under AGOA
a wait of 18 months, Tanzania on 12 February 2002
became the latest country to secure the right to export textile products to
the US duty-free under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA).
apparel companies have struggled to meet AGOA's strict conditions, notably
over a system to verify that goods to be exported are actually produced in
Tanzania. Conditions for AGOA eligibility include a commitment to the rule
of law and political pluralism; lifting barriers to US trade and investment;
protecting intellectual property; fighting corruption; and reducing poverty.
Under the AGOA scheme, participating African countries can export unlimited quantities of apparel made from US fabric, yarn and thread to the US without duties or quotas, and greater quantities of apparel made from locally produced fabric.