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What are the AGOA Eligibility Requirements?


The eligibility requirements set forth in AGOA were developed by the U.S. government in consultation with African countries, and constitute "best practice" policies that will help these countries to attract trade and investment. These criteria include either the establishment of, or continual progress toward establishing, a market-based economy; removal of barriers to U.S. trade and investment; establishment of rule of law; efforts to combat corruption; protection of intellectual property rights and internationally recognized worker rights and policies to reduce poverty. 

In addition, countries cannot engage in activities that undermine U.S. national security or foreign policy interests; cannot engage in gross violations of internationally recognized human rights; cannot provide support for acts of international terrorism, and must have implemented their commitments to eliminate the worst forms of child labor.

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For a list of eligible products see: