Tit for Tat as U.S. Threatens Rwanda on Used Clothes Ban

President Donald Trump has said that Rwanda's barriers to U.S. exports of used apparel and footwear are the reason for his latest threat to suspend duty-free treatment of clothing imports from Rwanda under the African Growth and Opportunity Act. In 2015, the East African Community adopted a three-year gradual process to phase out the importation of second-hand clothes and footwear, to promote textile, apparel and leather industries in the region.

Second-hand clothes traders display their wares.

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