The African Growth and Opportunity Act was signed into law on 18 May 2000. It enables the 14 countries in the Southern African Development Community to export apparel duty-free to the US, without quantitative restrictions, and to date around 1.5 per cent of total US exports have been supplied via this route. It is hoped that 3 per cent of US requirements will come from the region by 2008. In this feature, Richard Majewski presents five good reasons for sourcing from Southern Africa.