23 May 2013 - US apparel imports from Sub-Saharan Africa significantly fell in last years, whatever duty-free access and generous rules of origin offered to least developed countries in the region. Our report delivers a comprehensive statistical analysis of US apparel imports for all major sub-saharan countries for the past 7 years compared with total US imports and shipments from CAFTA-DR. Multiple year data from 2005-2012 are available for download.
24 November 2009 - A US lawmaker last week introduced a new bill offering duty-free access to Bangladeshi and Cambodian apparel. The text tries limiting African critics by capping duty-free shipments in most sensitive categories. AGOA's third-country fabric provision would also be extended from September 2012 to September 2015 while a unified GSP-like rule of origin would be progressively implemented.
6 August 2009 - US apparel imports under duty-free access are more sharply falling this year, reflecting the stronger competition from China after quotas were eliminated. After resisting for years, duty-free imports from Central America are retreating while shipments from QIZs in the Middle East or from sub-Saharan Africa are also negatively affected.
31 July 2009 - US apparel imports from sub-Saharan Africa began dramatically declining in May. Whatever the duty-free access offered by the United States, competition is surging from China while the economic recession is further depressing orders. African prices did not significantly decline this year, in addition.
22 July 2009 - Madagascar is successfully resisting the global crisis but could be removed its duty-free access to the US market after a coup overthrew its former president earlier this year. The only threat of losing AGOA eligibility may depress demand from the United States to the second largest supplier of the US market in Sub-Saharan Africa.
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