Home / Knowledge / News / Textiles / ACTIF urges Kenyan textile traders to make most of AGOA
ACTIF urges Kenyan textile traders to make most of AGOA
May '13
courtesy: The Star, Kenya
courtesy: The Star, Kenya
African Cotton and Textiles Industries Federation (ACTIF) has urged small scale entrepreneurs of Kenya, including textile entrepreneurs, to make the most of the opportunities extended by the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) to explore the US market.
Speaking at a one day AGOA outreach meeting in Kisumu city, chief executive officer of ACTIF, Mr. Rajeev Arora said AGOA’s third country provision enables countries like Kenya to export items prepared from imported raw material to the US either duty-free, quota-free, or on preferential basis. 
He said that though over 6,400 Kenyan products qualify for such an access to the US, hardly 30 products are being currently exported under the Act, according to The Star report.
He added that the textile and apparel is one of the few Kenyan sectors that have gained from AGOA. He said that the textile and clothing sector accounts for 4.35 percent of the total Kenyan exports under the Act.
Kenya exported US$ 3.94 billion, US$ 4.67 billion and US$ 5.83 billion worth of goods under the Act during 2009, 2010 and 2011, respectively.
However, in spite of the trade opportunities extended by the Act, Kenyan entrepreneurs are unable to benefit much due to high cost of transportation, irregular and costly power supply and cumbersome trade and custom rules, Mr. Arora said.
To address these issues and to enhance value addition and boost exports to the US under AGOA, ACTIF and the Ministry of Trade have jointly embarked on a nationwide outreach program to help Kenyans to make the most of the Act, he added.
Meanwhile, in view of the trade provision nearing expiry in 2015, ACTIF and other industry players are trying hard to convince the US Administration to either extend it or make it permanent.

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

Sanjay Desai & Ashish Mulani
True Colors

Digital textile printing will be the technology of the future

Vasanth Kumar
Max Fashion India

‘Traditional high-street retailers are now willing to offer franchisees to ...

Rashi Menda

Every fifth sale we make on Zapyle is a repeat purchase

Marten Alkhagen
Swerea IVF AB

Marten Alkhagen, Senior Scientist - Nonwoven and Technical Textiles of...

Kerem Durdag
Biovation II LLC

Kerem Durdag, CEO, Biovation II LLC, provides an insight into future...

Giorgio Mantovani
Corman S.p.A

Giorgio Mantovani, MD of Corman, with a presence in both Milano and New...

Ritu Kumar
Label Ritu Kumar

‘Classics will return’ "There are a lot of people wearing western clothes ...

Pranav Mishra

Designers Pranav Mishra and Shyma Shetty’s Huemn is known for its...

Igor Chapurin

"Now we can see the Russian trend in international fashion. And Russian...

Press Release

Press Release

Letter to Editor

Letter to Editor

RSS Feed

RSS Feed

Submit your press release on


Letter To Editor

(Max. 8000 char.)

Search Companies

December 2016

December 2016

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


Browse Our Archives


Advanced Search