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How do I acquire a AGOA certificate of origin?

My name is Shauna and for the past 3 years I have been working with a community of Maasai women in Amboseli, Kenya helping them to market and sell their jewelry in the United States so that they can sustain their community. Recently I received a shipment of the women's traditional beaded jewelry here in the United States and was charged very high duty/customs fees. I have been told by DHL that I need to have a AGOA certificate of origin in order for them to waive the fees and be considered under the AGOA act. I have been told to contact the Kenya Revenue Authorities to obtain an AGOA certificate of origin but am having a hard time getting a hold of them. Do you have any advise on how to obtain an AGOA certificate of origin, I have been doing this work for many years now and have never been charged this much for custom fees.

Any help you could give me would be much appreciated.

A:

To be duty free eligible under AGOA, US customs require a certificate of origin and an AGOA stamp on a commercial invoice, on top of the usual import documentation. You cannot apply for AGOA certification in the US. It has to be done by the exporter in the country of origin. I understand from your below email that you are getting your beads from Kenya. In Kenya, the Kenyan Association of Manufacturers (KAM) will deliver this document.

I would recommend that your vendors liaise with KAM:

Kenya Association of Manufacturers PO Box 30225 - 00100 GPO Nairobi, Kenya, East Africa. 86 Riverside Lane, Riverside off Riverside drive, Next to Netherlands Embassy, Riverside Kenya info@kam.co.ke  +254 020 2324817/8; 020 8155531/2; 020 2166657 254 20 2166658 +254 722-201368, 0706-612384, 0734 646004/5 http://www.kam.co.ke