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New on Our Knowledge Center: Spotlight on the Textile and Apparel Sector

Published on February 06, 2019

US-AFRICA_TRADE.JPGSpotlight on the textile and apparel sector is an infographic by the Trade Law Centre. It highlights the status of the trade of textiles and apparels between Africa and the U.S. under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA).

For the sub-Saharan Africa apparel manufacturing sector, AGOA has been the single most successful factor that has driven export-led growth. The substantial preference margin over competing exports from other countries, stemming from removal of U.S. import duties on qualifying African exports combined with favorable Rules of Origin provisions, has been a critical pillar of support for manufacturers. By 2017, Kenya has become the largest exporter to the U.S., followed by Lesotho (most apparel exports from an AGOA beneficiary since 2001) and Madagascar. Ethiopia, Madagascar and Ghana (albeit off a low base) have shown the strongest year-on-year growth over the most recent period.

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