Documents & Reports

A collection of various general publications and reports relating to AGOA, trade and investment, including the US trade policy agenda, various strategy documents, reports on US trade and investment in SSA countries, and other related documents.

Policy research on the Kenyan textile industry - Findings and recommendations (ACTIF-2013)

Author
ACTIF - Margaret Chemengich et al
Organisation
Charmy Investments Limited, Kenya
Publication Date
28 June 2013
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2012 Trade Policy Agenda and 2011 Annual Report

The 2012 Trade Policy Agenda and 2011 Annual Report of the President of the United States on the Trade Agreements Program are submitted to the Congress pursuant to Section 163 of the Trade Act of 1974, as amended (19 U.S.C. 2213). Chapter II and Annex II of this document meet the requirements of Sections 122 and 124 of the Uruguay Round Agreements Act with respect to the World Trade Organization. In addition, the report also includes an annex listing trade agreements entered into by the United States since 1984. Trade data for 2011, where listed, are annualized based on January to November data. Services data by country are only available through 2009. 

Author
United States International Trade Commission
Publication Date
30 March 2012
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2012 US strategy towards Sub-Saharan Africa

US strategy towards SSA - as announced on 14 June 2012 during the 2012 US-Africa AGOA Forum held in Washington.

Author
The White House, Washington
Organisation
The White House, Washington
Publication Date
27 June 2012
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2008 Comprehensive report on US trade and investment policy Toward Sub-Saharan Africa and implementation of AGOA

2008 Comprehensive Report on US Trade and Investment Policy Toward Sub-Saharan Africa and Implementation of the African Growth and Opportunity Act

Author
United States Trade Representative
Organisation
United States Trade Representative
Publication Date
22 May 2008
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Sub-Saharan Africa: Factors affecting trade patterns of selected industries - Second Report 2008

This report examines factors that contributed to the shift in global export patterns in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) during 2002-2006 for 11 industries: coffee; shea butter; spices (primarily vanilla, cloves, pepper, and ginger); tropical fruit (primarily bananas and pineapples); footwear; natural rubber; processed diamonds; textiles; wood furniture; aviation services; and communication services.

Author
USITC
Organisation
USITC
Publication Date
09 April 2008
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Findings into the commercial availability of denim fabric under AGOA

The Commission's determinations on denim fabric and estimates of the amount of regional African denim fabric that will be available during the 12-month period beginning October 1, 2007, for use in less developed beneficiary sub-Saharan African countries in the production of denim apparel receiving U.S. duty free treatment.

Author
USITC
Organisation
USITC
Publication Date
12 September 2007
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Guide to the US Miscellaneous Trade Bill process

Short explanatory guide to the legislative process of United States Miscellaneous Trade Bills.

Author
US Ways and Means Committee
Organisation
US Ways and Means Committee
Publication Date
15 April 2008
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2007 Comprehensive Report on U.S. Trade and Investment Policy Toward SSA and Implementation of AGOA

The 2007 Comprehensive Report on U.S. Trade and Investment Policy Toward Sub-Saharan Africa and Implementation of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) is the 7th annul report in this series. The current report builds on the information provided in previous reports, providing new and updated information on U.S. trade and investment policy toward sub-Saharan Africa, including the implementation of AGOA, the designation of AGOA beneficiary countries, the impact that AGOA has had on U.S. trade and investment with sub-Saharan Africa, and information on reforms being undertaken by AGOA beneficiary countries.

Author
United States Trade Representative
Organisation
United States Trade Representative
Publication Date
16 May 2007
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Sub-Saharan Africa: Factors affecting trade patterns of selected industries

First annual report by the USITC examining factors that affected trade patterns in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) during 2001–05. Twelve industries are discussed: nuts (primarily cashews), cocoa butter and paste, cut flowers, prepared and preserved fish, acyclic alcohols, flat-rolled steel, petroleum gases (primarily liquefied natural gas), textiles and apparel (primarily apparel), unwrought aluminum, wood veneer, financial services, and tourism services.

Author
United States International Trade Commission (USITC)
Organisation
United States International Trade Commission (USITC)
Publication Date
12 April 2007
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2006 Comprehensive Report on US Trade and Investment Policy Toward SSA and Implementation of AGOA

The 6th annual report on US trade and investment with Africa.

Author
US Trade Representative
Organisation
US Trade Representative
Publication Date
30 May 2006
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AGOA Trade Facts - April 2006

Factsheet published by the USTR on recent US-Africa trade under AGOA.

Author
United States Trade Representative
Organisation
United States Trade Representative
Publication Date
07 April 2006
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2005 AGOA Competitiveness Report

New 156-page AGOA Competitiveness Report by the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR). This report, which covers each of 37 AGOA beneficiary countries (at the time), provides an assessment on potential export growth sectors, major challenges to export growth, trade barriers as well as recommendations for Technical Assistance (TA).

Author
Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR)
Organisation
Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR)
Publication Date
19 July 2005
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2005 Comprehensive Report on US Trade and Investment with SSA

This is the 5th annual report on US trade and investment with Africa.

Author
United States International Trade Commission
Organisation
United States Trade Representative (USTR)
Publication Date
12 May 2005
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Textiles and Apparel: Assessment of the competitiveness of certain foreign suppliers to the US (2004)

USITC report (declassified in January 2004) assessing the competitiveness of various textile and apparel supply-countries to the US market. As requested by the USTR, the report assesses the textile and apparel industries of certain foreign suppliers to the U.S. market with respect to their competitiveness and other factors pertinent to their adjustment to the final completion of the phaseout of quotas on January 1, 2005, as required by the Uruguay Round Agreement on Textiles and Clothing (ATC). This report assesses the textile and apparel industries of (1) significant ATC suppliers to the U.S. market, (2) Mexico, and (3) other supplying countries with preferential market access. The Commission’s analysis also addresses factors such as textile and apparel consumption, production, employment, and prices in major exporting countries, as well as their textile and apparel trade, particularly with industrial country markets. An executive summary, as well as Chapter 3 ("Assessment of the Competitiveness of the Textile and Apparel Sector in selected Countries") is available for separate download elsewhere on this page.

Author
United States International Trade Commission (USITC)
Organisation
United States International Trade Commission (USITC)
Publication Date
06 January 2004
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2003 Assessment of the Competitiveness of the Textile and Apparel Sector in sel. Countries

Chapter 3 of the recently de-classified report by the USITC ("Textiles and Apparel: Assessment of the Competitiveness of Certain Foreign Suppliers to the US Market").

Author
United States International Trade Commission (USITC)
Organisation
United States International Trade Commission (USITC)
Publication Date
14 August 2003
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2003 Assessment of the competitiveness of textiles and apparel suppliers to the US market (Executive Summary)

This is the 10-page executive summary of a report assessing the competitiveness of various textile and apparel supply-countries to the US market. A full version of this recently declassified report is also available for download elsewhere on this page.

Author
United States International Trade Commission (USITC)
Organisation
United States International Trade Commission (USITC)
Publication Date
26 June 2003
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2003 Testimony on AGOA by the Corporate Council on Africa

Transcript of testimony on AGOA by the president of the Corporate Council on Africa to the United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations.

Author
Stephen Hayes, President, CCA
Organisation
Corporate Council on Africa
Publication Date
26 June 2003
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2005 Comprehensive Report on US Trade and Investment Policy Toward Sub-Saharan Africa

This is the 5th annual report on US trade and investment with Africa. The current report provides an update for 2003 on U.S.-SSA trade and investment flows in major sectors; information on AGOA; a discussion of major developments in trade and economic policies significant to U.S.-SSA bilateral trade and investment; an update on progress in regional integration in SSA; and a compilation of multilateral assistance, U.S. bilateral assistance, and trade-related initiatives related to SSA. The report contains economic profiles for each of the 48 countries of SSA and sector profiles for six major SSA sectors: agriculture, fisheries, and forest products; chemicals and related products; petroleum and energy-related products; minerals and metals; textiles and apparel; and certain transportation equipment.

Author
United States International Trade Commission
Organisation
United States Trade Representative (USTR)
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2005 Annual Report: Executive Summary

Executive Summary of the annual trade and investment report, published December 2004. (Publication 3741)

Author
USITC
Organisation
United States International Trade Commission
Publication Date
09 December 2004
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The African Growth and Opportunity Act: A preliminary assessment - UNCTAD (2003)

A report prepared for the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development. "The programme's duty-free benefits appear to offer only a slight improvement over the status quo for most African exports," says the report. Nonetheless, AGOA appears to be the most comprehensive of three regional preferential programmes that are more generous than the GSP. A higher share of imports from AGOA countries entered the United States on a preferential basis in 2001 than did imports from the beneficiary countries of the Caribbean Basin Initiative and Andean Trade Preferences Act, for instance.

Author
Craig VanGrasstek (commissioned)
Organisation
UNCTAD
Publication Date
08 April 2003
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2002 Comprehensive Report on U.S. Trade and Investment Policy Toward Sub-Saharan Africa

The second of of eight annual reports published by the Office of the US Trade Representative on Trade and Investment under AGOA.

Author
Office of US Trade Representative
Organisation
US Government
Publication Date
05 February 2002
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2003 Comprehensive Report on U.S. Trade and Investment Policy Toward Sub-Saharan Africa

This is the third of eight annual reports published by the Office of the US Trade Representative on Trade and Investment under AGOA. It provides chapters entitled 'Economic and Trade Overview', 'Trade capacity Building', 'Technical Assistance and Other AGOA-related Initiatives', 'AGOA Country Reports' and others.

Author
Office of the US Trade Representative
Organisation
Office of the US Trade Representative
Publication Date
13 August 2003
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2004 Comprehensive Report on U.S. Trade and Investment Policy Toward Sub-Saharan Africa

This is the 4th annual report on US trade and investment with Africa. The current report provides an update for 2002 on U.S.-SSA trade and investment flows in major sectors; information on AGOA; a discussion of major developments in trade and economic policies significant to U.S.-SSA bilateral trade and investment; an update on progress in regional integration in SSA; and a compilation of multilateral assistance, U.S. bilateral assistance, and trade-related initiatives related to SSA. The report contains economic profiles for each of the 48 countries of SSA and sector profiles for six major SSA sectors: agriculture, fisheries, and forest products; chemicals and related products; petroleum and energy-related products; minerals and metals; textiles and apparel; and certain transportation equipment.

Author
United States International Trade Commission
Organisation
United States Trade Representative (USTR)
Publication Date
01 December 2003
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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
Publication Date
20 November 2003
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Lists and codes of US ports (a customs requirement)

Classification of United States customs districts and ports for US foreign trade. This appendix provides a complete listing of valid district/port codes of the U.S., and is important information for exporters and shipping agencies.

Author
U.S. Customs
Organisation
U.S. Customs
Publication Date
27 October 2000
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Report on competitive supply side analysis of CTA sectors in Kenya, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda 2011 (ACTIF-2011)

Author
ACTIF - Varun Vaid
Organisation
Wazir Advisors
Publication Date
15 March 2011
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AGOA Countries: Challenges and considerations in exporting horticultural products to the United States

Congress, the Administration, and other stakeholders continue to be involved in serious efforts to improve upon the African Growth Opportunity Act (AGOA), which was first signed into law a decade ago, on May 18, 2000. To meet its objective of enhancing U.S. market access for subSaharan African countries that are pursuing market reforms measures, the AGOA preferential trade legislation was designed to encourage and support countries in this region ―that are taking often difficult but critical steps necessary to create more open, market and growth-oriented economies.‖1 AGOA eligibility currently extends to 38 African countries, with some benefitting from exports of natural resources such as oil and minerals, while others have been able to develop textile and apparel industries in which goods are more easily manufactured and exported without barriers to market in the United States. Nigeria and Angola are leading oil producers and suppliers to the U.S.; these two countries alone accounted for 80 percent of all AGOA imports in 2008. In contrast, the value of agricultural exports to the United States from 14 other AGOA-eligible countries was less than $1 million in 2009. In fact, three of these countries – Namibia, Seychelles, and Chad had less than $100,000 in agricultural exports under AGOA in 2009 (see Annex A).

Author
Richard Pasco
Organisation
McLeod, Watkinson & Miller
Publication Date
31 July 2010

What every member of the international trade community should know about recordkeeping

Author
US Dept Homeland Security
Organisation
US Dept Homeland Security
Publication Date
21 January 2016

What every member of the trade community should know about: Commercial samples

Guide to the importation into the United States of commercial samples

Author
US Customs and Border Protection Agency
Organisation
CBP
Publication Date
01 April 2003

What every member of the trade community should know about AGOA 2003

This publication is intended to provide guidance and information to the trade community. It reflects the position on or interpretation of the applicable laws or regulations by the Bureau of Customs and Border Protection as of the date of publication, which is shown on the front cover. It does not in any way replace or supersede those laws or regulations. Only the latest official version of the laws or regulations is authoritative. 

Author
US Customs and Border Protection Agency
Organisation
US Customs and Border Protection Agency
Publication Date
15 August 2003