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US Imposes New Yearly Cap On AGOA Apparel Imports

New limits on duty and quota-free wearing apparel imports have been imposed by the US on sub-Saharan countries.

The limits were set under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) and cover the period from October, 2013 through September, 2014.

Quotas are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis, and are pegged to square meters (SME) of product rather than dollar value.

Import limits on apparel entirely manufactured from regional or third-country textiles in one or more sub-Saharan countries covered by the AGOA were set at 1,784,195,681 SME.

A special exception to AGOA limits is available to lesser-developed countries, which can import apparel totaling 892,097,841 SME, made with fabric from any country.