Background

As expected, President Obama on March 14 revoked a Jan. 11 proclamation that would have suspended duty-free treatment under the African Growth and Opportunity Act for all AGOA-eligible goods in the agricultural sector from South Africa as of March 15. This action followed an earlier announcement by USTR that South Africa had met all of the agreed-upon benchmarks with respect to imports of U.S. poultry, pork and beef to demonstrate its compliance with the eligibility requirements under the AGOA. USTR Froman has said the U.S. will continue to monitor the situation as U.S. products make their way into the South African market to ensure that South Africa complies with all of its commitments.

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