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Trade Preference Program Changes Include Termination of Cameroon’s AGOA Designation

Monday, December 30, 2019
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

President Trump has issued a proclamation modifying the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the U.S. to make the following changes to U.S. free trade agreements, trade preference programs, and certain other provisions.

- terminates Cameroon’s designation as a beneficiary sub-Saharan African country under the AGOA effective Jan. 1

- rescinds effective Jan. 1 Niger’s, Central African Republic’s, and The Gambia’s textile and apparel benefits under the AGOA because those countries have not established an effective visa system and related customs procedures

- designates Guinea-Bissau and Niger as less developed beneficiary sub-Saharan African countries under the AGOA effective Jan. 1

- extends through Dec. 31, 2020, a 2004 agreement with Israel that provides duty-free access to specified quantities of certain agricultural products of that country

- modifies existing duties with respect to certain goods to carry out the October 2019 trade agreement between the U.S. and Japan

- modifies the tariff-rate quota allocation for beef under the Uruguay Round Agreements Act by providing that the TRQ allocation for Japan will become part of the total TRQ allocation for other countries or areas

- makes certain modifications to general note 26 to the HTSUS to ensure the continuation of tariff and certain other treatment accorded to originating goods from Chile under the U.S.-Chile FTA, effective April 1

For more information on any of these changes, including country eligibility under the AGOA and how to utilize available tariff preferences, please contact trade consultant Nicole Bivens Collinson at (202) 730-4956.

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