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TBT-08-016 Amendment to the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Visa Arrangement for Textile and Apparel Products

REFERENCE:

TBT-07-011 African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Entry Processing Update for Certain Textile and Apparel Products

BACKGROUND:

TBT-07-011, dated June 22, 2007, notes that sub-Saharan countries could not make claims under the AGOA using subheading 9819.11.33 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) because none of the countries was eligible for that provision.  However, on May 30, 2008, the United States Trade Representative (USTR) notified each of the governments eligible for preferential tariff treatment under the AGOA, by virtue of its having a visa arrangement with the United States, that it is now eligible to enter textile articles under subheading 9819.11.33.

The goods eligible for classification under this subheading are textile articles of Chapters 50 through 60 and 63 of the HTS.  The visa arrangement includes a new grouping number, 0 (zero), to identify these products.

Following are the countries with visa arrangements that are thereby eligible to enter goods under subheading 9819.11.33.:

  • Benin
  • Botswana
  • Burkina Faso
  • Cameroon
  • Cape Verde
  • Chad
  • Ethiopia
  • Gambia
  • Ghana
  • Kenya
  • Lesotho
  • Madagascar
  • Malawi
  • Mali
  • Mauritius
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
  • Niger
  • Nigeria    
  • Rwanda
  • Senegal
  • Sierra Leone
  • South Africa
  • Tanzania
  • Uganda
  • Zambia

Please pass this memorandum to Port Directors, Assistant Port Directors, Import Specialists, CBP Officers, Entry Specialists, Brokers, Importers and other interested parties.

INFORMATION:

For additional information please contact the Textile Policy and Enforcement Branch.

Last modified: 
April 13, 2015
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