USA suspends Rwanda’s duty-free status under  AGOA agreement


USA President , Donald Trump  has issued the order to suspend duty-free status for Rwanda’s apparel exports to U.S. due to used clothing import ban trade dispute.

The ban, ordered by Trump in a proclamation that followed a 60-day notification period, will maintain Rwanda’s other duty-free benefits under the African Growth and Opportunity Act.

The  U.S. Trade Representative’s office said on Monday that Rwanda is not allowed to ship apparel products duty-free to the United States since it increased tariffs on American used clothing and footwear, Reuters broke the story

“We regret this outcome and hope it is temporary,” Deputy USTR C.J. Mahoney said in a statement.

He added that the move would affect about USD1.5 million in annual Rwandan exports or only about three per cent of the country’s total exports to the United States.

Recently, Rwanda’s Minister of Trade and Industry, Uziel Ndagijimana said they were looking forward to sit on a round table to discuss with US counterpart on this issue.

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