House of Representatives Bill HR 5095 to include Mauritius under the AGOA fabric waiver programme
House of Reps Bill HR 5095 to amend certain parts of the AGOA legislation (specifically to include Mauritius as a country able to benefit from the apparel provisions with respect to using third country fabrics).
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