Background

The Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements has announced the fiscal year 2018 (Oct. 1, 2017, through Sept. 30, 2018) 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 2018 limit is 2,022,822,376 square meters equivalent (up 2.9 percent from FY 2017). Of this amount, 1,011,411,188 SME (up 2.9 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.

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