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Our resident AGOA expert is Finn Holm-Olsen, Director of Trade Promotion for the East Africa Trade and Investment Hub.

You can also reach us on our SMS Hotline where you can ask questions about AGOA benefits, product eligibility, market linkages, export procedures, customs requirements and learn more about the U.S. market. Simply SMS +254-780-200550.

 

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How can I export Ugandan Organic Food to the U.S. Under AGOA?

I am a Uganda American based in Boston Massachusetts, and I wish to export Ugandan Foods which are Chemical Free i.e. Organic: These include : Cattle or Beef, Goats, Chicken and Fresh Vegetables. We also wish to export Dry Cocoa Beans, Bee Honey, Mangoes, Dry eye-chilli etc. Please advise on how one can do this and help the youth who are not employed, and the poor. 

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What is AGOA?

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AGOA accords duty-free treatment to virtually all products exported by beneficiary sub-Saharan (SSA) countries to the United States. AGOA provides beneficiary countries with the most liberal access to the United States market accorded to any country or region that has not negotiated a free trade agreement with the United States.

The AGOA bill which was enacted in 2000 originally expired on September 30, 2008 but as a result of the July 13, 2004 signing of the AGOA Acceleration Act of 2004, AGOA has been extended until September 30, 2015.

AGOA benefits are currently extended to 37 SSA countries and to more than 1,800 tariff line items in addition to the 4,600 items already enjoying duty-free status under the U.S. Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program. AGOA has added to the list of duty-free products such major import-sensitive items as apparel, footwear, luggage, handbags and watches.

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