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Trade Preference Program Changes Include One AGOA Addition and Two Removals

Monday, December 29, 2014
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

President Obama issued Dec. 23 a proclamation making three changes to the coverage of the African Growth and Opportunity Act, extending an agricultural agreement with Israel and making certain other technical changes.

AGOA. The proclamation reinstates Guinea-Bissau as a beneficiary sub-Saharan African country under the AGOA two years after that country was suspended from the program. On the other hand, South Sudan and The Gambia will be suspended as AGOA beneficiary countries effective Jan. 1, 2015.

Israel. In 2004 the U.S. entered into an agreement with Israel that provides duty-free access to specified quantities of certain agricultural products of that country. The proclamation extends this agreement through Dec. 31, 2015 to allow time for further negotiations on an agreement that will replace the original.

Bahrain. A technical error that affected the tariff treatment of goods from Bahrain entered under HTSUS 9914.99.20 after Dec. 31, 2015 has been corrected.

Technical Corrections. The proclamation implements certain technical modifications to the HTSUS.

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