TRALAC - Trade Law Centre

Mauritania loses AGOA eligibility after coup

Monday, 22 December 2008

Source: Reuters (Africa)

The United States will eliminate trade benefits for Mauritania in response to a military coup in August that toppled a democratically elected president, the White House said Friday.

"I have decided to terminate the designation of Mauritania as a beneficiary sub-Saharan African country ... effective on January 1, 2009," President Bush said in a proclamation.

Many sub-Saharan African countries are eligible under the U.S. African Growth and Opportunity Act to export goods to the United States without paying duties.

Congress approved the program in May 2000 in a bid to spur economic growth in one of the world's poorest regions. Mauritania, a country in northwest Africa, was allowed into the program in June 2007.

"This termination is based on Mauritania's failure to make progress toward establishing the rule of law and political pluralism, which is one statutory criterion for AGOA eligibility," a spokesman for the White House National Security Council said.

"The junta detained the president and prime minister and has yet to indicate when it will restore constitutional rule," the spokesman said.

President Sidi Mohamed Ould Cheikh Abdallahi, the former French colony's first democratically elected leader, has been held since Aug. 6 when military officers led by Gen. Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz overthrew him.

 

 

 

“ Latest AGOA Trade Data currently available on AGOA.info


Click here to view a sector profile of Mauritania's bilateral trade with the United States, disaggregated by total exports and imports, AGOA exports and GSP exports.

 

Other regularly updated trade statistics on AGOA.info include: (click each link to view)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Related News

US to end trade benefits for Mauritania over forced labour

US to end trade benefits for Mauritania over forced labour

President Donald Trump said the United States will revoke Mauritania’s preferred trade status in January because of its failure to make progress on human rights – namely, slavery. The West African nation will no longer be eligible for benefits under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), which affects market access, investment, and reduced or eliminated tariffs...

03 November, 2018
Presidential Proclamation regarding Rwanda's AGOA eligibility

Presidential Proclamation regarding Rwanda's AGOA eligibility

  Presidential Proclamation to Take Certain Actions Under the African Growth and Opportunity Act and For Other Purposes  Issued on: July 30, 2018 1.  In Proclamation 7350 of October 2, 2000, the President designated the Republic of Rwanda (“Rwanda”) as a beneficiary sub-Saharan African country for purposes of section 506A(a)(1) of...

31 July, 2018
Trump upholds AGOA trade preference eligibility criteria with Rwanda

Trump upholds AGOA trade preference eligibility criteria with Rwanda

Today, President Donald J. Trump issued a proclamation regarding Rwanda that enforces the eligibility criteria established by Congress for trade preferences under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA).  This proclamation suspends the application of duty-free treatment for all apparel products from Rwanda.   “We regret this outcome and hope it is...

31 July, 2018
USTR initiates annual AGOA eligibility review

USTR initiates annual AGOA eligibility review

Summary: This notice announces 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...

06 July, 2018
President Trump updates trade preference program eligibility for Rwanda

President Trump updates trade preference program eligibility for Rwanda

The President determined today the eligibility of Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda for trade preference benefits under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). In response to a petition filed by the U.S. used clothing industry in March 2017, the Administration initiated an out-of-cycle review of Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda’s AGOA eligibility regarding their decisions...

29 March, 2018