Background

The Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements has announced the fiscal year 2021 (Oct. 1, 2020, through Sept. 30, 2021) limits on duty- and quota-free imports of apparel articles assembled from regional and third-country fabric under the African Growth and Opportunity Act. Apparel articles entered in excess of these quantities will be subject to otherwise applicable tariffs.

For apparel articles wholly assembled in one or more AGOA beneficiary 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 2021 limit is 1,856,390,368 square meters equivalent (down 13.5 percent from FY 2020). Of this amount, 928,195,184 SME (also down 13.5 percent) 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.

For more information on trade-related issues affecting textiles and apparel, please contact Elise Shibles at (415) 490-1403.

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