Textiles - 'Category 9' articles

Textiles - 'Category 9' articles
Traditional textile patterns from Ethiopia

AGOA (or GSP) preferences do not ordinarily apply to textiles. However, and exception has been carved out under AGOA's textiles provisions, which allows handmade / hand loomed, ethnic printed and folklore articles to qualify for duty-free access to the United States market. Certain requirements must however be fulfilled - both administratively and in terms of the specification of articles shipped under this provision. Collectively, these items are referred to as "Category 9" articles. 

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