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AGOA Trade Preference


The African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA)

If you have any questions about this program, please contact Thomas Newberg at the U.S. Department of Commerce, Office of Textiles and Apparel by email.


Summary of AGOA  Textile, Apparel, and Footwear Provisions

Quick Reference Chart of AGOA Provisions

AGOA Preferences: Country Eligibility, Apparel Eligibility, and Textile Eligibility (Category 0 and Category 9)

Certificate of Origin (Updated June 2008 w/ Category 0)


Announcement of Eligibility

BeninBotswanaCape VerdeChadCote d’IvoireEswatini (Swaziland)
MauritiusMozambiqueNamibiaNigeriaSenegalSierra Leone
South AfricaTanzaniaTogoZambia  


AGOA Visa Requirements (Federal Register Notice, January 2001)


Category 9

Preferential treatment for Folklore articles, Handloomed/Handmade articles, and Ethnic Printed Fabrics produced in and exported from:

NamibiaNigeriaSenegalSierra Leone
South AfricaTanzania (Handloomed/Handmade and Folklore Articles)Tanzania
(Ethnic Printed Fabrics)

Instructions for AGOA Beneficiary Governments to Apply for Handloomed/Handmade/Folklore Articles, and Ethnic Printed Fabrics (Category 9)


Commercial Availability

Commercial Availability Documents Database

U.S. Trade Data

● U.S. imports under Trade Preference Programs
● Utilization of Certain Tariff Rate Quotas
● Limitations on Duty and Quota-Free Imports of Apparel Articles Assembled in Beneficiary Sub-Saharan African Countries under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). The new AGOA caps are for the one-year period from October 1, 2023-September 30, 2024.

For More Information

● Office of the U.S. Trade Representative - AGOA website
● What Every Member of the Trade Community Should Know About: The African Growth and Opportunity Act (CBP, August 2003)
● Doing Business in Africa

Legislative History and Text

● The Trade and Development Act of 2000 (H.R. 434; Public Law 106-200) full text
● Presidential Proclamation 7350 of October 4, 2000 to Implement AGOA I
● AGOA Interim Regulations, 2000
● Delegation of Authority (Executive Order 13191 of January 22, 2001) to Implement AGOA I
● The Trade Act of 2002 SEC. 3108 (AGOA II)
● Presidential Proclamation 7626 of November 18, 2002 (AGOA II)
● AGOA Interim Regulations, March 2003
● AGOA Acceleration Act of 2004 (AGOA III); Public Law 108-274
● A Tax Relief and Health Care Act of 2006 Title VI (AGOA IV); Public Law 109-432
● Andean Trade Preference Extension Act, Section 3. AGOA; Public Law 110-436
● Trade Preferences Extension Act of 2015 Title I, AGOA; Public Law 114-27