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Rwanda, US begin talks on AGOA

Published on September 06, 2017

The government of Rwandan has opened talks with the United States on the review of the American Growth and Opportunities Act (AGOA) in a bid to ensure continued duty-free access to the US market.

In July this year, the American began an out of cycle review on the eligibility of Rwanda and other East African Community partner states following a move by the region to phase out and eventually ban import of second hand clothes.

This move was aimed at supporting the regional textile industry and preserving the dignity of the East African citizens.
As part of the move, Rwanda last year increased taxes on used clothes from $0.2 to $2.5 per kilogramme, while taxes on used shoes will increase from $0.2 to $3 per kilogramme. Read more. Source | New Times