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ICYMI: Trade Preference Program Changes Include Termination of Mauritania’s AGOA Designation

Wednesday, January 23, 2019
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[Editor’s note: This article originally appeared in the Dec. 27, 2018, issue of the 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 Mauritania’s designation as a beneficiary sub-Saharan African country under the African Growth and Opportunity Act effective Jan. 1, 2019

- extends through Dec. 31, 2019, a 2004 agreement with Israel that provides duty-free access to specified quantities of agricultural products

- reflects more clearly the tariff preferences provided to products from Nepal

- provides for previously proclaimed duty-free treatment for originating guayabera-style shirts under the U.S.-Panama Trade Promotion Agreement by replacing a reference to “heading 6205 or 6206” with a reference to “heading 6205, 6206, or 6211”

- modifies the staging of duty treatment for motor vehicles for the transport of goods from Korea and makes other changes to ensure the continuation of staged duty reductions for originating goods

- reflects an agreement to modify specific textile and apparel origin rules under the U.S.-Morocco Free Trade Agreement

- corrects a technical error in the administration of a tobacco tariff-rate quota

- makes other technical corrections

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