The Trade and Development Act of 2000 (“the Act”), which was signed into law on May 18, 2000, authorized a new trade and investment policy for sub-Saharan Africa. The President is authorized to designate a sub-Saharan African country as an eligible beneficiary country based on several criteria established in the Act. If the President determines that a beneficiary country is not making continual progress in meeting the requirements described in the Act, the President shall terminate the designation of the country. The preferential tariff treatment provided under AGOA will remain in effect through September 30, 2008.
Section 112 of the Act outlines the treatment of certain textiles and apparel articles for AGOA. Apparel articles that are imported directly into the Customs territory of the United States from a designated beneficiary sub-Saharan African country shall enter free of duty and free of any quantitative limitations (excluding any tariff preference levels identified in the Act) if the country has satisfied the requirements set forth in Section 113.
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For additional information, please contact the Textile Policy and Enforcement Branch.