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.