TRALAC - Trade Law Centre

Final Approval of Exports Via AGOA to Wait

Thursday, 10 July 2003

Source: The Times of Zambia (Ndola)

THE final approval of six Zambia's agricultural products to be exported to America under AGOA will be concluded by the end of the year, African Growth Opportunity Act (AGOA) programme manager for Africa Moses Simemba said in an interview yesterday.

Mr Simemba, who was clarifying reports from the just ended trade fair in Ndola, said the six agricultural products were only recommended by the American officials who were recently in Zambia.

A final decision had to be made by the end of they year as there were other technical issues to be sorted out.

He said other crops would be approved in the first quarter of next year.

Mr Simemba said the process of selecting crops to be exported to America under AGOA was long but the Zambian Government had made an agreement with America to quicken the process.

At least 11 Zambia agricultural products from Zambia Export of Growers (ZEGA) have been selected for export to America through AGOA.

These products would only be exported to that country upon completion of a Pest Risk Assessment (PRA).