Background

The Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements has announced the fiscal year 2020 (Oct. 1, 2019, through Sept. 30, 2020) 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 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 2020 limit is 2,146,573,294 square meter equivalents (up 4.8 percent from FY 2019). Of this amount, 1,073,286,647 SME (up 4.8 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 trade attorney Elise Shibles at (415) 490-1403.

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