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Are garments made from imported fabric eligible for duty free export to the EU?

Published on July 13, 2015

Hi Finn, I am trying to understand trading agreements with the EU for East African exports.

It is a little more complicated than AGOA... For countries qualifying for Everything But Arms, am I correct that this is duty free even if fabric is imported? For Kenya, which does not qualify for EBA but does have an interim Economic Partnership Agreement, I am confused as to whether this is currently duty free to the EU, and if so whether garments made from imported fabric would still qualify for 0% duty?

Any advice much appreciated. Thanks.

Answer:

Thank you for your question. 

You are correct that under EBA, apparel is duty-free even when using third country fabric.  As for Kenya under the EPA, apparel is also duty-free to the EU, even when using imported fabrics.