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U.S. to Suspend AGOA Benefits to South Africa

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

(North American Meat Institute)

The Obama Administration last week announced its intention to suspend, effective January 1, 2016, benefits to South African agricultural products under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) for failure to meet the Act’s eligibility requirements. Specifically, the administration determined South Africa is not making continual progress toward eliminating barriers to U.S. trade and investment. President Obama will take action to suspend benefits to the South African agricultural sector, unless the country meets certain benchmarks to eliminate barriers to U.S. poultry, pork and beef. This determination results from an out-of-cycle review of South Africa that was mandated by Congress in the Trade Preferences Extension Act of 2015.

South Africa gets duty-free access to the U.S. market for dozens of its products under AGOA and the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP). In 2014, South Africa exported $1.7 billion of goods to the United States under AGOA and $1.3 billion under the GSP program.

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