Background

President Biden has announced that he plans to terminate duty-free benefits under the African Growth and Opportunity Act for Burkina Faso effective Jan. 1, 2023.

The president said Burkina Faso “has not established, or is not making continual progress toward establishing, the protection of the rule of law and of political pluralism” in accordance with the AGOA eligibility requirements. U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai specifically cited the country’s “unconstitutional changes in government” and called on it to “return to elective democracy.” She added that USTR will provide Burkina Faso with “clear benchmarks for a pathway toward reinstatement” to AGOA eligibility and that the Biden administration “will work with them to achieve that objective.”

For more information on AGOA, including country eligibility and how to utilize available tariff preferences, please contact Nicole Bivens Collinson at (202) 730-4956 or via email.

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