“I had no idea that we could source fabrics in China, get them cut and sewn in Africa, and then send the finished garments duty-free to California where we are based. We used to sell to Nordstrom’s and other large retailers, but the business has changed and consequently we have had to adapt. As a small business, we are excited to learn that there are factories in East Africa that can meet our needs. The duty savings is a bonus. We will be exploring opportunities in East Africa for sure.”
Roger Keller, Owner/President
As told to the East Africa Trade and Investment Hub at Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics – Spring Edition 2015.
The Hub coordinated East African participation in the Intertextile, including an Origin Africa booth showcasing a range of East African exporters and a booth staffed by representatives from the Kenya Export Processing Zones Authority, showcasing Kenyan exporters. The Hub’s Trade Promotion and AGOA Director also delivered a workshop during the official seminar series, entitled African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) and Africa as a Sourcing and Investment Destination.