Home / Knowledge / News / Apparel/Garments / Mauritius, Zambia plea for AGOA fabric rule extension
Mauritius, Zambia plea for AGOA fabric rule extension
10
May '12
The ambassadors of Mauritius and Zambia to the US have made a joint appeal to the US Congress to extend the third-country fabric provision under the Africa Growth Opportunities Act (AGOA) for the benefit of workers and businesses in the African countries as well as in the US.

They said the passage of legislations S. 2007 and H.R. 2493 would enable the US to continue to receive high-quality textiles and apparels from Africa at competitive prices.

The third-country fabric rule allows AGOA beneficiary countries to use yarns and fabrics from any country in the manufacturing of their textiles and clothing for export to the US at zero-duty.

The provision has been the main driver behind the growth of the African apparel industry under AGOA. It makes up 95 percent of AGOA garment trade and has helped African exporters to offer their products to the US at competitive prices.

In Mauritius, for example, the textile and garment industry is the biggest employer in the private sector. In 2010, its apparel and textile exports grew by 25 percent after the renewal of its eligibility for the third-country fabric provision in 2008.

The third-country fabric provision accounts for nearly 70 percent of Kenya's overall textile and clothing exports to the US.

In Swaziland, almost 98 percent of the textile and garment exports are under the third-country fabric provision. The textile and apparel industry is a source of livelihood to about 300,000 people, i.e. around 25 percent of the country's total population.

And in Lesotho, the textile and clothing industry has grown to become the leading employer from virtually being non-existent prior to AGOA. Today, the industry employs 40,000 people, of which around 34,000 are women.

Thus, in view of the significance of AGOA third-country provision for the economies of African countries, the two Ambassadors requested the US Congress for an early extension of the provision, which is to end on September 30, 2012.

Fibre2fashion News Desk - India

Must ReadView All

Courtesy: Myntra

Apparel/Garments | On 3rd Dec 2016

Myntra to be EBITA positive by FY18: CEO Narayanan

Myntra is on track to achieve sustainable growth and be EBITA...

Courtesy: India ITME Society

Textiles | On 3rd Dec 2016

India ITME 2016 opens with over 1050 exhibitors

The India International Textile Machinery Exhibition (India ITME)...

Courtesy: Bruckner

Textiles | On 3rd Dec 2016

Indian textile companies opt for Brückner stenter lines

Indian textile firms Laxmipati Sarees, makers of polyester sarees and ...

Interviews View All

Rajiv Sirohi
Shara

‘Portugal is taking away a major share of the mill made sector.’

Evelyne Cholet
UCMTF

‘France had a reputation of being big in new ideas, but poor in marketing...

Ajay Ghariwala
Luthra Group

We are ready to adopt or follow every opportunity

Marcel Alberts
Eurofibers

Coating at a fibre level is a practice not usually seen in the...

Suresh Patel
Sidwin Fabric

Sidwin Fabric is a manufacturer and exporter of polypropylene textiles and ...

Lynda Kelly
Suominen Corporation

Suominen Corporation is a manufacturer of nonwovens as roll goods for...

Robert Brunner
Devereux

Golfwear and menswear brand Devereux is set for greener pastures. Robert...

Prathyusha Garimella
Prathyusha Garimella

Hyderabad-based designer Prathyusha Garimella is known for blending...

Karan Arora
Karan Arora

Bridal couture created with rich Indian heritage, exquisite craftsmanship...

Press Release

Press Release

Letter to Editor

Letter to Editor

RSS Feed

RSS Feed

Submit your press release on


editorial@fibre2fashion.com

Letter To Editor






(Max. 8000 char.)

Search Companies





SEARCH
December 2016

December 2016

Subscribe today and get the latest update on Textiles, Fashion, Apparel and so on.

SUBSCRIBE


Browse Our Archives

GO


Advanced Search