Madagascar and Guinea are now eligible for textile and apparel benefits under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) after adopting effective visa systems and related procedures to prevent unlawful trans-shipments and the use of counterfeit documents.

A notice published in the Federal Register today (15 December) also says the countries have implemented, or are making substantial progress toward implementing, the customs procedures required by AGOA to assist US Customs and Border Protection in verifying the origin of textile and apparel products.

The AGOA Act provides preferential tariff treatment for imports of certain textile and apparel products of beneficiary sub-Saharan African countries. Guinea was designated a "lesser

developed beneficiary sub-Saharan African country" in October 2011, with Madagascar's status reinstated in June this year.

Click on the following link for more information: MADAGASCAR: Reinstated into AGOA