The US has set new annual limits on duty and quota-free imports of apparel articles assembled from regional and third-country fabric under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) in the upcoming fiscal year.

The new figures are released by the Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements (CITA) for the year from 1 October 2016 to 30 September 2017.

They also include a Tariff Preference Level (TPL) equal to 7% of all US apparel imports for apparel assembled in the AGOA region of fabric from the AGOA region.

For apparel articles wholly assembled in one or more beneficiary sub-Saharan African countries from fabric wholly formed in one or more beneficiary countries from yarn originating in the US or one or more beneficiary countries, the annual limit is 1,966,511,796 square metres equivalent (SME) – a rise of 1.6% on the previous period.

Of this amount, 983,255,898 SME is available for apparel articles imported under the special rule for lesser-developed countries, which provides preferential treatment for apparel articles assembled in one or more lesser-developed beneficiary sub-Saharan African countries, regardless of the country of origin of the fabric used.

Apparel articles entered in excess of these quantities will be subject to otherwise applicable tariffs.