The African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) is a nonreciprocal trade preference program that provides duty-free treatment to U.S. imports of certain products from eligible sub-Saharan African (SSA) countries. There are 49 candidate SSA countries with 39 currently eligible for the preference benefits. Congress first authorized AGOA in 2000 to encourage export-led growth and economic development in SSA and improve U.S. economic relations with the region.
On July 2004, President Bush extended AGOA to 2015 and introduced a special provision relating to apparel which was supposed to expire in 2007; but in December 2006 these were extended to 2012. A subsequent legislative revision in
September 2012 extended the apparel provisions to the end of 2015 to coincide with the current expiry of the AGOA legislation.
Bills to renew the preference program (H.R. 1891/S. 1009) were introduced in the House and Senate on April 17 and April 20, 2015.
In terms of tariff benefits and general eligibility criteria, AGOA is similar to the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP), a U.S. trade preference program that applies to more than 120 developing countries. AGOA, however, covers more products and includes additional eligibility criteria beyond those in GSP. Additionally, AGOA includes trade and development provisions beyond its duty-free preferences.
Angola became eligible by the AGOA in December of 2003.
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President of the Republic of Angola
Jose Eduardo dos Santos
COMMERCIAL REPRESENTATION OF ANGOLA TO THE US
Angola - USA Trade