US - USTR requests comments on AGOA eligibility and benefits for 2014
October 2, 2013 3:35 PM | Print this page
On October 1, 2013, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) published in the Federal Register a notice and request for comments for the annual review of the eligibility of sub-Saharan African countries to receive the benefits of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). The African Growth and Opportunity Act Implementation Subcommittee of the Trade Policy Staff Committee (“Subcommittee”) will consider these comments in developing recommendations on AGOA country eligibility for calendar year 2014 for the President. Comments received related to the child labor criteria may also be considered by the Secretary of Labor in the preparation of the Department of Labor’s report on child labor as required under section 412(c) of the Trade and Development Act of 2000. The notice identifies the eligibility criteria that must be considered under AGOA, and lists those sub- Saharan African countries that are currently eligible for the benefits of the AGOA and those that were ineligible for such benefits in 2013. To ensure consideration, public comments must be submitted to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) by October 25, 2013.
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