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Goods Council approves AGOA waiver, hears call for talks on illicit trade

Published on November 20, 2015

The WTO’s Goods Council approved on 10 November a request from the United States for the extension of a waiver regarding the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), a preferential trade programme granting special access to the US market for goods imported from 39 beneficiary countries in sub-Saharan Africa.

The US enacted legislation in June 2015 extending the AGOA programme for 10 years, or until 30 September 2025.  The waiver will run until the expiry of the programme.  The text of the US waiver request is available here.