TRALAC - Trade Law Centre

AGOA exports by product sector

AGOA provides trade preferences - duty-free and mostly quota-free access to the US market - to approximately 6,500 tariff lines. This includes 'AGOA products' as well as those textile and clothing tariff lines that qualify for duty-free access under AGOA's wearing apparel provisions.

Note: The chart below excludes oil exports. 

Since crude oil is also included under AGOA as an eligible product, it accounts for the majority of trade under AGOA, which tends to distort the overall trade picture.

The chart above shows leading exports under AGOA, on a sector basis, from eligible African beneficiary countries. Oil exports are excluded but account for the vast majority of AGOA trade.

Primary metals and transportation equipment (motor vehicles and parts) are the two largest export sector in terms of non-oil exports, followed by exports of apparel. 

Apparel is also the most diversified sector in terms of the number of beneficiary countries that utilise these preferences.

The remaining AGOA exports, from a sector perspective, consist mainly of chemicals and related products, food products, agricultural products and machinery. 

A note on the data on this site: not all datasets are directly comparable. Some of the data contains sector data that is pre-configured  (for example, by the US Department of Commerce / USITC). Other data - for example the sectoral data sections on this site - is based on the specification that is provided in the heading (for example, where it clearly specifies that the automotive sector data contains all of Chapter 87 product lines...).