Textile and apparel producers in Africa have been given a boost after the Committe for the Implementation of Textile Agreements increased the amount of textiles and garments eligible for trade benefits.

Members agreed to increase the aggregate quantity of imports eligble for benefits under the African Growth & Opportunity Act (AGOA) from 246.5 million square metre equivalents to 313.3m square metre equivalents.

Their decision means 34 of the 48 sub-Saharan countries are in line for beneifts, providing they meet certain criteria such as operating a visa system and regulating customs operations to prevent trans-shipping.

Among the nine countries that have already qualified for the apparel breaks are Mauritius, South Africa, Botswana, Ethiopia, Madagascar and Malawi.

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