Background

The Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements has announced the fiscal year 2016 (Oct. 1, 2015, through Sept. 30, 2016) 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 2016 limit is 1,935,096,830 square meters equivalent (up from 1,833,741,923 SME in FY 2015). Of this amount, 967,548,415 SME (up from 916,870,961 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.

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