Kenyan Traders Plead for Lifting of Import Ban on Used Clothes
The continued ban on the importation, which was a temporary measure to contain COVID-19, is putting 2 million livelihoods at stake, according to the Mitumba Association of Kenya Chairperson Teresia Njenga. Kenya imports second-hand clothes from China, the US and Europe, with the U.S. and China. On the other hand, the local textile industry is pushing the government to make the temporary ban on second-hand clothes permanent in order to revive the collapsing domestic apparel sector.
Many Kenyans have heeded the call for social distancing, with companies allowing employees to work from home as far as possible. Kenyan traders importing second-hand clothes from ... Read more »
East African countries have been receiving second-hand clothing from the U.S. via AGOA, initially passed by the American Congress in 2000 to allow for low-income African countries ... Read more »
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 ... 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 »
Heaps of second-hand clothes (file photo).