Monday, February 13, 2017

China, India, and Pakistan Benefit from Kenya's Access to US AGOA

Kenya's Standard Digital posted on 5 February 2017 an article titled "Why China and India Benefit More from AGOA than Kenya" by Dominic Omondi.

Kenya is one of 39 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa that benefits from the U.S. African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), which permits duty-free imports into the United States from these countries. The article notes that countries like China, India, and Pakistan are producing apparel, Kenya's most important export to the United States, in Kenya's duty-free export processing zones and then sending these items to the United States duty free under AGOA. This tends to defeat the purpose of AGOA, which is to encourage imports produced by African companies in eligible countries.

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