Legal Documents

Documents including US legislation relating to AGOA are housed within this section.

Proclamation reinstating AGOA preferences to Congo DRC

Proclamation 10128 of December 22, 2020. To take certain actions under the African Growth and Opportunity Act and for other purposes

Author
The White House
Organisation
The White House
Publication Date
22 December 2020

Annual Review of Country Eligibility for Benefits Under AGOA for 2021

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) is announcing the initiation of the annual review of the eligibility of the sub-Saharan African countries to receive the benefits of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). The AGOA Implementation Subcommittee of the Trade Policy Staff Committee (AGOA Subcommittee) is developing recommendations for the President on AGOA country eligibility for calendar year 2021. The AGOA Subcommittee requests comments for this review. Due to COVID-19, the AGOA Subcommittee will foster public participation via written submissions rather than an in-person hearing. This notice includes the schedule for submission of comments and responses to questions from the AGOA Subcommittee related to this review. Dates June 24, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. EDT: Deadline for submission of written comments on the eligibility of sub-Saharan African countries to receive the benefits of AGOA. July 7, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. EDT: Deadline for the AGOA Subcommittee to pose any questions on written comments. July 16, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. EDT: Deadline for submission of commenters' responses to questions from the AGOA Subcommittee. July 25, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. EDT: Deadline for replies from other interested parties to the written comments and responses to questions. August 4, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. EDT: Deadline for the AGOA Subcommittee to pose any additional questions on written comments. August 13, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. EDT: Deadline for...

Author
USTR
Organisation
USTR
Publication Date
13 May 2020

AGOA textile quotas 2019-2020 period

OTEXA textile quotas relating to AGOA preferential imports have been published by OTEXA. 

Organisation
OTEXA
Publication Date
19 September 2019

Notice: Annual review of AGOA eligibility 2020

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) is announcing the initiation of the annual review of the eligibility of the sub-Saharan African countries to receive the benefits of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). The AGOA Implementation Subcommittee of the Trade Policy Staff Committee (Subcommittee) is developing recommendations for the President on AGOA country eligibility for calendar year 2020. The Subcommittee requests comments for this review and will conduct a public hearing on this matter.

Author
USTR
Organisation
United States Department of Commerce
Publication Date
28 June 2019

General notes to the US tariff schedule

Notes to the United States Tariff Schedule. 

Author
USITC
Organisation
USITC
Publication Date
01 February 2020

Federal Register Announcement - Apparel Quotas 2018-2019

Federal Register Announcement - AGOA Apparel Quotas 2018-2019, as published on 01 October 2018  For the one-year period, beginning on October 1, 2018, and extending through September 30, 2019, the aggregate quantity of imports eligible for preferential treatment under these provisions is 2,048,357,135 square meters equivalent. Of this amount, 1,024,178,567 square meters equivalent is available to apparel articles imported under the special rule for lesser- developed countries. Apparel articles entered in excess of these quantities will be subject to otherwise applicable tariffs.

Author
Federal Register
Organisation
OTEXA / USITC
Publication Date
01 October 2018

Presidential Proclamation regarding Rwanda's AGOA eligibility

Presidential proclamation to take certain actions under AGOA and for other purposes. 

Author
The White House
Organisation
The White House
Publication Date
31 July 2018
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Swaziland - Eswatini - apparel visa system reauthorisation

Author
Federal Register
Organisation
USA
Publication Date
02 July 2018

H.R.3445 - AGOA and MCA Modernization Act

[This Bill became law on 23 April 2018] This bill directs the President to establish a website for the collection and dissemination of information regarding the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA).  The Department of State is urged to promote the use by eligible sub-Saharan African countries of the benefits available under the African Growth and Opportunity Act.  The President is urged to: facilitate trans-boundary trade among eligible sub-Saharan African countries;  provide training for business and government trade officials on accessing AGOA benefits;  provide capacity building for African entrepreneurs and trade associations on production strategies, quality standards, and market development; provide capacity building training to promote product diversification and value-added processing; and  provide capacity building and technical assistance funding to help African businesses and institutions comply with U.S. counter-terrorism policies.  The Millennium Challenge Act of 2003 is amended to permit an eligible country that has entered into a Millennium Challenge Compact to enter into one additional compact under specified conditions.  The bill establishes, beginning with FY2013, new assistance criteria for a low-income or a lower middle income candidate country eligible to enter into a Millennium Challenge Compact with the United States.  The Millennium Challenge Corporation shall: (1) before selecting a...

Author
US Congress
Organisation
US Congress

USTR request letter - Investigation into US-SSA trade

Request letter concerning USTR / USITC investigation into US trade with Sub-Saharan Africa. 

Author
Robert Lightizer
Organisation
USTR
Publication Date
16 November 2017

Federal Register: Details of new AGOA country eligibility petition process

The Trade Preferences Extension Act of 2015 (TPEA) requires the President to establish a petition process to review the eligibility of countries for the benefits of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). This authority has been delegated to the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR). Comments on this interim final process required by April 18, 2016. 

Author
Federal Register
Organisation
United States Trade Representative
Publication Date
18 March 2016

South Africa Government gazette - tariff rebate on US chicken imports

A temporary rebate provision under rebate item 460.03/0207.14.9/01.07 has been created for frozen meat of the species Gallus domesticus, cut in pieces with bone in, classifiable in tariff subheading 0207.14.9 and imported from or originating in the United States of America. This is created for such quantities, at such times and subject to such conditions as the International Trade Administration Commission (ITAC) may allow by specific permit on recommendation of the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF).

Author
DTI (South Africa)
Publication Date
18 December 2015

Federal Register Announcement - Apparel Quotas 2015-2016

Federal Register Announcement - Apparel Quotas 2015-2016, as published on 25 September 2015. 

Author
Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements (CITA)
Organisation
OTEXA
Publication Date
25 September 2015

US Trade Act of 1974 (as amended July 31, 2015)

Organisation
United States Congress
Publication Date
31 July 2015

Notice announcement of the initiation of an out-of-cycle review of the eligibility of South Africa to continue receiving AGOA benefits

Federal Register notice announcement on the initiation of an out-of-cycle review (including hearings and submissions) into the eligibility of the Republic of South Africa to receive the benefits of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), as required by the Trade Preferences Extension Act of 2015 (TPEA)

AGOA law 114-27: Trade Preferences Extension Act of 2015 (AGOA renewal legislation 2015-2025)

PUBLIC LAW 114 - 27 - TRADE PREFERENCES EXTENSION ACT OF 2015 (AGOA 2015-2012 extension). This is the AGOA 2015-2025 renewal legislation as signed into law. It is based on Bill H.R. 1295.   Category Bills and Statutes Collection Public and Private Laws SuDoc Class Number AE 2.110:AE 2.110/3:AE 2.110:114-27 Law Number Public Law 114-27 Date Approved June 29, 2015 Full Title An act to extend the African Growth and Opportunity Act, the Generalized System of Preferences, the preferential duty treatment program for Haiti, and for other purposes. Bill Number H.R. 1295 Report Number H. Rept. 114-71 Statutes at Large Citations 125 Stat. 416 and 460129 Stat. 362, 363, 364, 365, 366, 367, 368, 369, 370, 371, 372, 373, 374, 375, 376, 377, 378, 379, 380, 381, 382, 383, 384, 385, 386, 387, 388, 389, 390, 391, 392, 393, 394, 395, 396, 397, 398, 399, 400, 401, 402, 403, 404, 405, 406, 407, 408, 409, 410, 411, 412, 413, 414, 415, 416, 417, 418 and 419 United States Code Citations 19 U.S.C. 1514, 1677, 1677b, 1677e, 1677m, 2271, 2296, 2311, 2317, 2318, 2319, 2323, 2345, 2401g, 2461, 2463, 2465, 2466a, 2466b, 2701, 2703a, 3438, 3501, 3701, 3702, 3703, 3721 and 58c42 U.S.C. 1395m and 1395x Legislative History LEGISLATIVE HISTORY--H.R. 1295:HOUSE REPORTS: No. 114-71 (Comm. on Ways and Means).CONGRESSIONAL RECORD, Vol. 161 (2015):Apr 15, considered and passed House.May 14, considered...

Author
United States Congress
Organisation
US Government Publishing Office
Publication Date
29 June 2015

H. R. 2845 - AGOA Enhancement Act of 2015

An Act, to promote access to benefits under the African Growth and Opportunity Act, and for other purposes.  Update: 8 September 2016: Received in the Senate and read twice and referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations.  This bill was originally introduced to the House of Representatives on 19 June 2015. On 8 September it was received by the Senate for consideration, and passed on to the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. 

Organisation
US Congress - as referred to Senate
Publication Date
19 June 2015

H.R.1295 - Trade Preferences Extension Act of 2015 (AGOA 2015-2025 renewal legislation - became Public Law 114-27)

H.R.1295 - Trade Preferences Extension Act of 2015 (AGOA extension legislation, passed by Congress and became Public Law No: 114-27, see separate file) An act to extend the African Growth and Opportunity Act, the Generalized System of Preferences, the preferential duty treatment program for Haiti, and for other purposes.

Author
US Senate
Organisation
US Senate
Publication Date
30 June 2015

Bill H.R. 1891 - AGOA Extension and Enhancement Act of 2015

Bill H.R. 1891 of 17 April 2015 to extend AGOA, the GSP, and for other purposes. Note: this version replaced by H.R. 1295 above

Author
House Ways and Means Committee
Organisation
US Congress
Publication Date
17 April 2015