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The AGOA.info archives contain a wide and growing selection of documents available for download. These are categorised under the ‘Legal’ (AGOA legislation, Bills, certificates, proclamations), ‘Documents and Reports’ (mainly annual US trade reports) , ‘Research Documents’ (academic and other) and ‘General Documents’ (all others downloads).
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2003 Africa-US Trade Profile

2003 Africa-US Trade Profile

A brief report prepared by the US Department of Commerce, Office of Africa, on bilateral trade between the US and Africa.
Author US Department of Commerce
Organisation US Government
Publish Date 20 November 2003
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Garment exports under AGOA: A short situational overview

Garment exports under AGOA: A short situational overview

A 3-page situational overview (prepared for the 2012 AGOA Forum) relating to apparel trade under AGOA, placing this in context with global US imports of apparel from competing countries and reinforcing the urgent need to extend the third country...
Author Eckart Naumann
Organisation Tralac
Publish Date 12 June 2012
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AGOA at 10: Reflections on US-Africa trade with a focus on SACU countries

AGOA at 10: Reflections on US-Africa trade with a focus on SACU countries

This paper provides an overview of the current AGOA legislation and tracks legislative amendments over its first decade. This is followed by an analysis of African exports to the US, with a more detailed focus on three sample sectors (the...
Author Eckart Naumann
Organisation Consultant / Tralac
Publish Date 12 October 2010
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AGOA: Reflections on the first 9 years

AGOA: Reflections on the first 9 years

A short article reflecting on the trade performance of beneficiary countries under AGOA, with a focus on Southern Africa.
Author Eckart Naumann
Organisation Tralac
Publish Date 14 April 2009
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The US Congressional Elections in 2006: What Implicatiuns for US Trade Policy?

The US Congressional Elections in 2006: What Implicatiuns for US Trade Policy?

The recent U.S. Congressional elections assumed considerable importance for trade negotiators because it is thought that, even if significant progress were made on the Doha Round negotiations in early 2007, Congress would need to extend the U.S....
Author Simon Evenett & Michael Meier
Organisation University of St. Gallen, Switzerland
Publish Date 14 November 2006
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An interim assessment of the US Trade Policy of

An interim assessment of the US Trade Policy of "Competitive Liberalization"

Since it took office the administration of George W. Bush has pursued a trade policy known as Competitive Liberalization. This policy envisages a series of mutually-reinforcing and sequential steps to open markets abroad to U.S. companies, to...
Author Simon Evenett & Michael Meier
Organisation University of St. Gallen
Publish Date 07 July 2006
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AGOA - An overview 2003

AGOA - An overview 2003

This paper addresses the historical foundations of AGOA, its envisioned benefits to Africa and the U.S., its record of achievement in training, trade, promotion of appropriate African business policies, its phases and future.
Author Gerstenfeld, A. and Njoroge, R.
Publish Date 05 March 2003
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"Taking The Devils Rope" - AGOA And Sweatshops In The Apparel Sector

In the last three years the apparel sector in Sub Saharan Africa has experienced considerable growth with the introduction of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). Much of the investment in Southern Africa has been by Asian multinational...
Author Aisha Bahadur
Organisation Civil Society Research and Support Collective, SA
Publish Date 04 February 2004
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The African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA): Does it really present opportunities?

The African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA): Does it really present opportunities?

Paper presented at the International Conference "Agricultural policy reform and the WTO: where are we heading?" This paper attempted to address three main questions about AGOA: The first question looks at how well the market access provisions...
Author Shahla Shapouri and Michael Trueblood
Organisation Economic Research Service, US Department of Agriculture
Publish Date 12 June 2003
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Has AGOA increased agricultural exports from Sub-Saharan Africa to the United States? 2003

Has AGOA increased agricultural exports from Sub-Saharan Africa to the United States? 2003

Paper presented at the International Conference "Agricultural policy reform and the WTO: where are we heading?" AGOA provides preferential access to Africa's products in US markets. While proponents expect that AGOA will expand Africa's exports to...
Author Kofi Nouve and John Staatz
Organisation Michigan State University
Publish Date 05 June 2003
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UNCTAD: Recent initiatives in favour of LDCs

UNCTAD: Recent initiatives in favour of LDCs

A preliminary impact assessment undertaken by UNCTAD in 2003 on the main recent initiatives in favour of Least Developed Countries (LDCs) in the area of preferential market access. This document has been prepared to facilitate the debate at the...
Author UNCTAD
Organisation United Nations
Publish Date 19 August 2003
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Article: An African response to AGOA (2001)

Article: An African response to AGOA (2001)

Short article on AGOA that was published in "The Southern African Economist", Vol 14, No6, pp 17-19, in 2001. 
Author T.A. Mushita
Organisation SAPEM, Zimbabwe
Publish Date 05 February 2001
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Technical Report: GSP assessment and country export survey - Tradehub

Technical Report: GSP assessment and country export survey - Tradehub

Under the preceding RAPID project, Southern Africa Global Competitiveness Hub advisors conducted a GSP Assessment and Export Survey in every SADC country with the exception of South Africa and Mauritius. The purpose of this exercise was to...
Author Shawna Turner
Organisation Chemonics International, Inc.
Publish Date 10 December 2002
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IMF Report - AGOA and its Rules of Origin: Generosity undermined?

IMF Report - AGOA and its Rules of Origin: Generosity undermined?

This paper describes the United States recently enacted Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) and assesses its quantitative impact on African exports. The AGOA expands the scope of preferential access of Africa's exports to the United States in...
Author Aaditya Mattoo, Devesh Roy, and Arvind Subramanian
Organisation International Monetary Fund
Publish Date 14 June 2002
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Extension of third country textile waiver - a 2002 report

Extension of third country textile waiver - a 2002 report

Report prepared by Joop de Voest for the Zambia Trade and Investment Enhancement Project (ZAMTIE). This short technical report looks at the implications of the end to special apparel provisions under AGOA (allowing for the use of third country...
Author Joop de Voest
Organisation Report for Zambia Trade and Investment Enhancement Project - ZAMTIE
Publish Date 15 May 2002
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Bread for the World: AGOA 2003 and African agriculture

Bread for the World: AGOA 2003 and African agriculture

Report on the impact of AGOA by the Washington-based organisation 'Bread for the World'. The report draws attention to some of the constraints and opportunities related to AGOA.
Author www.bread.org
Organisation Bread for the World
Publish Date 08 April 2003
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Rules of Origin and AGOA: Hard choices for textiles and clothing in SADC 2002

Rules of Origin and AGOA: Hard choices for textiles and clothing in SADC 2002

A number of recent market-opening measures in major developed country markets, especially AGOA, present a unique and time-limited opportunity for southern African economies to benefit from large increases in investment and employment in the...
Author Frank Flatters
Organisation Queen's University, Canada
Publish Date 12 March 2002
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HR 1777 'Increasing American Jobs Through Greater Exports to Africa Act of 2013’

HR 1777 'Increasing American Jobs Through Greater Exports to Africa Act of 2013’

To create jobs in the United States by increasing United States exports to Africa by at least 200 percent in real dollar value within 10 years, and for other purposes. Mr. SMITH of New Jersey (for himself, Mr. RUSH, and Ms. BASS) introduced the...
Author House of Representatives
Organisation US Congress
Publish Date 26 April 2013
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Proposed Coburn amendment to AGOA

Proposed Coburn amendment to AGOA

Text of the proposed Coburn amendment prior to passing of AGOA fabric extension on 2 August 2012. The proposed amendment was not passed (40:58 vote), which resulted in the passage of the AGOA third country fabric waiver provisions.
Author Senator Coburn (sponsor)
Organisation US Senate
Publish Date 01 July 2012
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US GSP Renewal - October 2011

US GSP Renewal - October 2011

Legislation passed by the US Congress and signed into law to re-enact the US GSP and restrospectively apply the GSP preferences for 2011 since the former GSP expired in December 2010.
Author US Congress
Organisation US Congress
Publish Date 01 October 2011
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Bill HR 2493 to amend AGOA third country textile fabric provisions

Bill HR 2493 to amend AGOA third country textile fabric provisions

Proposed legislation to amend the African Growth and Opportunity Act to extend the third country fabric program from 2012 to 2015, and for other purposes.
Author Reps. Bill McDermott, Johnson, Rangel and Payne
Organisation US Congress
Publish Date 01 July 2011
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AGOA III legislation

AGOA III legislation

AGOA III - legislation known as "AGOA Acceleration Act of 2004".
Author US Congress
Organisation US Congress
Publish Date 01 May 2004
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AGOA WTO Waiver - annual report 2009

AGOA WTO Waiver - annual report 2009

Under the terms of this waiver, the United States is required to submit to the General Council an annual report on the implementation of the trade-related provisions of AGOA with a view to facilitating the annual review provided for in paragraph 4...
Author US Delegation at WTO
Organisation WTO
Publish Date 01 May 2010
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Bill H.R. 4101 - New Partnership for Trade Development Act of 2009

Bill H.R. 4101 - New Partnership for Trade Development Act of 2009

Proposals to "amend the African Growth and Opportunity Act and the Trade Act of 1974 to provide improved duty-free treatment for certain articles from certain least-developed countries, and for other purposes". The Bill inter alia makes...
Author Sen. Bill MCDERMOTT
Organisation US Congress
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Amendments to AGOA (HR 7222) - abundant supply provisions and Mauritius eligibility

Amendments to AGOA (HR 7222) - abundant supply provisions and Mauritius eligibility

Public Law 110-436 amending AGOA: (a) repeal of abundant supply provisions (b) designation of Mauritius as a country that may use third country fabrics in clothing exports. CONGRESSIONAL RECORD, Vol. 154 (2008): Sept. 29, considered and passed...
Author US Government
Organisation US Government
Publish Date 16 October 2008
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2008 AGOA Textile Certificate of Origin

2008 AGOA Textile Certificate of Origin

Textile certificate of origin (May 2008 version).
Author US Customs / Office for Textiles and Apparel
Organisation US Customs / Office for Textiles and Apparel
Publish Date 01 June 2007
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Bill H.R. 6406 includes Abundant Supply provisions

Bill H.R. 6406 includes Abundant Supply provisions

Summary of AGOA and GSP-related provisions of this Bill. Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) 1. Extends GSP for two years, consistent with the President’s budget request. 2. After a six-month delay, tightens rules on competitive need limit...
Author Rep. Bill Thomas
Organisation US Senator
Publish Date 01 May 2006
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Bill HR. 6142: Africa Investment Incentive Act of 2006

Bill HR. 6142: Africa Investment Incentive Act of 2006

Proposed legislation amending the AGOA, including an extension of the third-country fabric provision, the associated quota limits, the GSP, as submitted by Rep. Bill Thomas on 21-09-2006.
Author Rep. Bill Thomas
Organisation US House of Representatives
Publish Date 01 September 2006
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Bill H.R. 6076 Emergency Trade Programme Extension Act of 2006

Bill H.R. 6076 Emergency Trade Programme Extension Act of 2006

Proposed legislation amending the AGOA, including an extension of the third-country fabric provision, the associated quota limits, and the status of Mauritius.
Author Rep. Charles Rangel with Co-Sponsors
Organisation US Senate
Publish Date 01 September 2006
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Bill H.R. 5480: African Entrepreneurship Act of 2006

Bill H.R. 5480: African Entrepreneurship Act of 2006

Official Title: To promote economic diversification, entrepreneurship, and private sector development in Africa, and to promote partnerships among small and medium enterprises in the United States and the African private sector in qualified...
Author Rep. James McDermott and co-sponsors
Organisation during 109th U.S. Congress (2005-2006)
Publish Date 25 May 2006
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Bill H.R. 5070: Trade Preference Extension and Expansion Act of 2006

Bill H.R. 5070: Trade Preference Extension and Expansion Act of 2006

Official Title: To extend certain trade preference programs, and for other purposes. Aims to promote sustainable development and economic growth in Sub-Saharan Africa in three ways: by extending the GSP for one year, by amending the AGOA, and by...
Author Rep. Charles Rangel with Co-Sponsors
Organisation during 109th U.S. Congress (2005-2006)
Publish Date 30 June 2006
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Proclamation on 2006 AGOA Country Eligibility

Proclamation on 2006 AGOA Country Eligibility

Presidential Proclamation dated 22 December 2005 indicating the removal of Mauritiana from the list of AGOA beneficiaries and addition of Burundi with effect of 01-01-2006.
Author The White House
Organisation The White House
Publish Date 22 December 2005
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Memorandum of Understanding China - US relating to textiles quotas

Memorandum of Understanding China - US relating to textiles quotas

Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed in November 2005 between the governments of the United States and China concerning trade in textile and apparel products. These consultations took place under Paragraph 242 of the "Report of the Working...
Author US - China
Organisation US - China
Publish Date 01 May 2005
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Alphabetic Guide to the US HTS Product Coding

Alphabetic Guide to the US HTS Product Coding

This alphabetic guide provides a useful overview on a product-by-product basis to the US Harmonised tariff System (HTS) nomenclature.
Author United States Trade Representative (USTR)
Organisation US Government
Publish Date 01 May 2004
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AGOA Acceleration Act HR 4103 - AGOA III Act

AGOA Acceleration Act HR 4103 - AGOA III Act

The AGOA Acceleration Act, HR 4103, is closely modelled after the proposed "AGOA III Act" but is specifically designed to smoothly pass the Congress soon after April 2004.
Author Republican Bill Thomas / Democrat Jim McDermott
Organisation US Senate and House of Representatives
Publish Date 01 April 2004
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AGOA III Bill

AGOA III Bill

This Bill, commonly referred to as “AGOA III”, was introduced to the Senate of the United States and House of Representatives on November 21 and 22, 2003, respectively. Proposed changes included an overall extension of AGOA to 2015 (from 2008...
Author US Government
Organisation US Government
Publish Date 01 November 2003
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