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

Thursday, December 27, 2018
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 AGOA effective Jan. 1

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

- reflects more clearly the tariff preferences provided to certain 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 certain motor vehicles for the transport of goods from Korea and makes certain other changes to ensure the continuation of staged duty reductions for originating goods

- reflects an agreement to modify certain 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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