Increased Limits on Duty/Quota-Free Apparel from Africa
The Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements has announced the fiscal year 2017 (Oct. 1, 2016, through Sept. 30, 2017) limits on duty- and quota-free imports of apparel articles assembled from regional and third-country fabric under the African Growth and Opportunity Act. For apparel articles wholly assembled in one or more beneficiary sub-Saharan African countries from fabric wholly formed in one or more beneficiary countries from yarn originating in the U.S. or one or more beneficiary countries, the FY 2017 limit is 1,966,511,796 square meters equivalent (up from 1,935,096,830 SME in FY 2016). Of this amount, 983,255,898 SME (up from 967,548,415 SME) is available for apparel articles imported under the AGOA third-country fabric provision, which provides preferential treatment for apparel articles assembled in one or more lesser-developed beneficiary countries regardless of the country of origin of the fabric used. Apparel articles entered in excess of these quantities will be subject to otherwise applicable tariffs.