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AGOA exports by product sector

AGOA provides trade preferences - duty-free and mostly quota-free access to the US market - to approximately 6,700 tariff lines. This includes 'AGOA products' - those with the special program indicator 'D' in the US tariff schedule - as well as textile and clothing tariff lines that qualify for duty-free access under AGOA's wearing apparel provisions.

Countries that have implemented a textile visa system can export textiles and apparel duty-free to the United States under AGOA, noting that the textile provisions (pertaining to Chapters 50-60 and 63) apply only to lesser-developed beneficiary countries (this excludes South Africa). 

Note: The chart below generally excludes oil exports (however, provided that the aggregate numbers do not unreasonably distort the chart, they will be included).

Exports by Product Sector (all programs combined)

2023 AGOA eligible countries only; including YTDUnit: $ 'million; Customs Value

AGOA Exports by Product Sector (exports under preference only, AGOA and GSP combined)

2023 AGOA eligible countries only; including YTDUnit: $ 'million; all items entered duty-free under AGOA+GSP  |  Customs Value

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. 

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...).

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