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Our resident AGOA expert is Margaret Waithaka, Acting Director of Trade Promotion for the East Africa Trade and Investment Hub.

Please see below for recently asked questions and check our FAQ page for more information. You can also join our Eastern Africa AGOA Exporters Facebook Page to communicate directly with SMEs who are taking advantage of AGOA.


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What you need to know about handmade products exported from Rwanda to the U.S?


“We just shipped 252 handmade Rwanda baskets to the US but on arrival we were charged duty. The US customs official in Dallas Airport Texas advised us that the AGOA agreement for items coming from Rwanda was cancelled on 31st December 2017. Is this true?

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is AGOA?


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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