U.S. Trade Representatives (USTR) revealed that they are reviewing trade benefits to Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda in accordance to the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) following an East African ban on imports of used clothing.
A statement from the USTR authorities released on Tuesday June 20 complaining about the East African countries that have violated the AGOA rules by imposing the ban; saying it has put the U.S clothing industry into difficult times.
“Through the out-of-cycle review, USTR and trade-related agencies will assess the allegations contained within the Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles Association (SMART) petition and review whether Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda are adhering to AGOA’s eligibility requirements,” the statement from USTR read.
This act comes after the 6-nation East African Community composed of; Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania and South Sudan decided to fully ban imported second-hand clothes and shoes by 2019. A decision they say would help boost manufacturing and sale of domestic clothes in these countries.
Source: Africanews, Reuters