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.
15 January 2003 - The United States, South Africa and four other Southern African states officially launched free trade negotiations this week. New rules of origin will have a decisive impact on textile and clothing investments in the region.
31 August 2001 - The US administration officially announced today it will allow duty-free imports of apparel from Botswana. According to the office of the US Trade Representative (USTR), Botswana implemented an effective visa system allowing to limit illegal transshipments of products from other countries, a condition for benefiting from preferential treatment granted by the new US law, the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA).
24 July 2001 - More than a year after AGOA was passed by US Congress, Africa attracts strong interest from Asian textile investors as African governments intend substantially developing textile and apparel exports to the United States.
2 July 2001 - US textile and apparel imports from sub-Saharan Africa continued surging since the beginning of the year, although exporters did not yet effectively enjoyed new trade benefits under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA).
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