AGOA 101 Kenya - Exporter Guide 2018

Author
EA Trade Hub - USAID - Kenya MITC
Organisation
USAID
Publication Date
08 June 2018

The USAID East Africa Trade and Investment Hub helps East African businesses take advantage of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). AGOA allows for duty-free export of over 6,000 products. This guide outlines the step-by-step process that Kenyan businesses should take to export to the United States of America (U.S.A.) duty-free through AGOA and gives a general overview for the export of all AGOA products from Kenya. It provides additional information on the export of four high-demand, high-value sectors, namely textiles and apparel; coffee; nuts and oil crops; and cut flowers.

Although exporting can be a challenging process, it can also be profitable for the individual or company that successfully complies with the steps. Exporters must follow two sets of requirements:

  1. Kenyan laws and regulations that govern the export process, and
  2. Laws and regulations that govern the destination country’s imports, in this case, the U.S.A.

Regulations also vary according to the product being exported; exporters must research to ensure that their product meets the necessary requirements for export.

This guide assumes that the exporter or potential exporter has already conducted the necessary market research, and is ready to export. Before proceeding, exporters must identify the correct tariff code and its eligibility for dutyfree export under AGOA. This status can be established by referring to www.agoa.info/about-agoa/products.html.

Insert the product name, search for the correct tariff code, and confirm its AGOA status - denoted by the letter “D” in the AGOA indicator column. Exporters should familiarize themselves with U.S.A. industry standards and product specific regulations that may require additional documentation and procedures.

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