Sourcing Under the Haiti and AGOA Duty-Free Textile and Apparel Programs
Webinar: 1.5 CCS Credit
U.S. trade preference programs offering duty-free treatment of apparel from Haiti and the sub-Saharan African countries designated as beneficiaries under the African Growth and Opportunity Act have been extended through 2025 and maintain strong bipartisan support in Congress. However, the U.S. government reviews the compliance of these countries with program eligibility criteria each year and has been known to suspend benefits when any of a wide range of requirements are not being met. In addition, importers sourcing from these regions must keep strict records to substantiate their preference claims. This webinar will review how to effectively utilize and comply with the requirements of these programs.
- background, duration, and stability of Haiti HOPE and AGOA programs
- rules of origin to qualify goods for duty-free treatment
- documents required to support Haiti HOPE and AGOA duty-free claims
- monitoring AGOA countries during annual reviews
ELISE SHIBLES is a Member of Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, P.A., resident in the San Francisco office. She advises and counsels clients on all aspects of textile and apparel trade and policy including classification, origin, marking, drafting and reviewing technical legislation, and strategy for trade negotiations. She has represented the interests of numerous international companies in Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations, including rules of origin, customs procedures and market access.