Will East Africa Call the Bluff on the U.S.'s AGOA Threat?
The move by East African Community member states to ban the importation of used clothes from the U.S. by 2019 will complicate the region's trade arrangements. The office of the US Trade Representative is reportedly reviewing trade benefits to Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania under the African Growth and Opportunity Act, which allows exporters from African countries, to send their goods into the United States without tough restrictions.
Second-hand clothes traders display their wares.
Citizen, 16 July 2017
Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa says the time has come for Tanzanians to do away with used clothes because of the existence of a number of textile mills in the country. Read more »
Monitor, 2 July 2017
If we are not careful, it may become politically incorrect to call someone an African, because we get worked up over funny things. Take second-hand clothes. Read more »
The country has retreated from a proposed ban on used clothes, reversed tariff increases and held confidential meetings with U.S. officials ahead of a decision by Washington to ... Read more »
Rwanda has defiantly said it will proceed with the planned phase-out of importation of second-hand clothes despite the threats that it could lead to a review of eligibility to ... Read more »
Tanzania, Uganda and Rwanda risk losing access to the American market through the African Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa) following plans by the East African member states to ban ... Read more »