Kenya won't lose Agoa status, but its EAC partners may be thrown out

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A Kenyan worker sews clothes for export at the Alltex EPZ factory in Athi River Kenya. FILE PHOTO

Kenya no longer faces possible loss of Agoa trade benefits, US officials announced on Tuesday.

However, three other East African Community member states — Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda — must undergo an assessment of their Agoa eligibility status, Washington's top trade agency affirmed.

The assessment could result in their ejection from the preferential trade programme.

A review of Kenya's inclusion in the African Growth and Opportunity Act “is not warranted at this time,” the Office of the US Trade Representative said in a notice published in a federal government gazette.

It cited “recent actions Kenya has taken, including reversing tariff increases, effective July 1, 2017, and committing not to ban imports of used clothing through policy measures that are more trade-restrictive than necessary to protect human health.”

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The US trade office added that it “will continue to monitor Kenya's actions to ensure that Kenya follows through on its commitments.”

The US decision to spare Kenya from a process that would have jeopardised the country's 66,000 Agoa-related jobs “is, no doubt, a victory for Kenya's trade diplomacy,” said Abdirizak Musa, an official in Nairobi's embassy in Washington.


Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda still risk loss of their Agoa benefits due to their ongoing commitment to a March 2016 EAC decision to phase in a ban on imports of used clothing and footwear from the US.

The EAC countries, including Kenya, were named in a petition filed three months ago by a US-based recycled textiles association alleging that the joint move to bar imports of used clothing violates Agoa eligibility criteria.

Thousands of jobs in East Africa and the US would be lost if the clothing ban is implemented, the association argued.

Eliminating barriers

Among the standards African countries must meet for participation in Agoa is a demonstration of progress toward eliminating barriers to US trade and investment.

US trade officials will now assess the recycled materials association's claims against Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda.

A public hearing on the issue is scheduled to take place in Washington on July 13.

Combined imports from Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda under Agoa's duty-free provisions amounted to $43 million last year — up from $33 million in 2015.

Agoa is a far more valuable instrument for Kenya, which exported $394 million worth of textiles and apparel to the US in 2016.

The Trump administration intends to rigorously enforce Agoa eligibility requirements, US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said last week at a US-Africa Business Summit.

He warned that “countries currently benefiting from trade preferences granted by the African Growth and Opportunity Act [must] continue complying with eligibility requirements established in US law.”

Lobbying firm

Prior to Tuesday's announcement that its status is not in jeopardy, Kenya had responded to the threatened loss of Agoa benefits by hiring a Washington lobbying firm with ties to the Trump administration.


The Kenyan embassy in Washington pointed to the Agoa issue as a key reason for retaining the Sonoran Policy Group at a rate of $100,000-a-month for the next three months.

US trade law gives the president the option of suspending or limiting duty-free treatment of imports from an African country found to be out of compliance with Agoa standards.

President Trump could thus stop short of expelling Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda from Agoa if the recycled materials association prevails in its case against the three EAC states.

Kenya won't lose Agoa status, EAC partners at risk
 

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A Kenyan worker sews clothes for export at the Alltex EPZ factory in Athi River Kenya. FILE PHOTO

Kenya no longer faces possible loss of Agoa trade benefits, US officials announced on Tuesday.

However, three other East African Community member states — Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda — must undergo an assessment of their Agoa eligibility status, Washington's top trade agency affirmed.

The assessment could result in their ejection from the preferential trade programme.

A review of Kenya's inclusion in the African Growth and Opportunity Act “is not warranted at this time,” the Office of the US Trade Representative said in a notice published in a federal government gazette.

It cited “recent actions Kenya has taken, including reversing tariff increases, effective July 1, 2017, and committing not to ban imports of used clothing through policy measures that are more trade-restrictive than necessary to protect human health.”

Continue monitoring

The US trade office added that it “will continue to monitor Kenya's actions to ensure that Kenya follows through on its commitments.”

The US decision to spare Kenya from a process that would have jeopardised the country's 66,000 Agoa-related jobs “is, no doubt, a victory for Kenya's trade diplomacy,” said Abdirizak Musa, an official in Nairobi's embassy in Washington.


Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda still risk loss of their Agoa benefits due to their ongoing commitment to a March 2016 EAC decision to phase in a ban on imports of used clothing and footwear from the US.

The EAC countries, including Kenya, were named in a petition filed three months ago by a US-based recycled textiles association alleging that the joint move to bar imports of used clothing violates Agoa eligibility criteria.

Thousands of jobs in East Africa and the US would be lost if the clothing ban is implemented, the association argued.

Eliminating barriers

Among the standards African countries must meet for participation in Agoa is a demonstration of progress toward eliminating barriers to US trade and investment.

US trade officials will now assess the recycled materials association's claims against Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda.

A public hearing on the issue is scheduled to take place in Washington on July 13.

Combined imports from Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda under Agoa's duty-free provisions amounted to $43 million last year — up from $33 million in 2015.

Agoa is a far more valuable instrument for Kenya, which exported $394 million worth of textiles and apparel to the US in 2016.

The Trump administration intends to rigorously enforce Agoa eligibility requirements, US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said last week at a US-Africa Business Summit.

He warned that “countries currently benefiting from trade preferences granted by the African Growth and Opportunity Act [must] continue complying with eligibility requirements established in US law.”

Lobbying firm

Prior to Tuesday's announcement that its status is not in jeopardy, Kenya had responded to the threatened loss of Agoa benefits by hiring a Washington lobbying firm with ties to the Trump administration.


The Kenyan embassy in Washington pointed to the Agoa issue as a key reason for retaining the Sonoran Policy Group at a rate of $100,000-a-month for the next three months.

US trade law gives the president the option of suspending or limiting duty-free treatment of imports from an African country found to be out of compliance with Agoa standards.

President Trump could thus stop short of expelling Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda from Agoa if the recycled materials association prevails in its case against the three EAC states.

Kenya won't lose Agoa status, EAC partners at risk


Wakenya ni pussy!
 

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A Kenyan worker sews clothes for export at the Alltex EPZ factory in Athi River Kenya. FILE PHOTO

Kenya no longer faces possible loss of Agoa trade benefits, US officials announced on Tuesday.

However, three other East African Community member states — Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda — must undergo an assessment of their Agoa eligibility status, Washington's top trade agency affirmed.

The assessment could result in their ejection from the preferential trade programme.

A review of Kenya's inclusion in the African Growth and Opportunity Act “is not warranted at this time,” the Office of the US Trade Representative said in a notice published in a federal government gazette.

It cited “recent actions Kenya has taken, including reversing tariff increases, effective July 1, 2017, and committing not to ban imports of used clothing through policy measures that are more trade-restrictive than necessary to protect human health.”

Continue monitoring

The US trade office added that it “will continue to monitor Kenya's actions to ensure that Kenya follows through on its commitments.”

The US decision to spare Kenya from a process that would have jeopardised the country's 66,000 Agoa-related jobs “is, no doubt, a victory for Kenya's trade diplomacy,” said Abdirizak Musa, an official in Nairobi's embassy in Washington.


Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda still risk loss of their Agoa benefits due to their ongoing commitment to a March 2016 EAC decision to phase in a ban on imports of used clothing and footwear from the US.

The EAC countries, including Kenya, were named in a petition filed three months ago by a US-based recycled textiles association alleging that the joint move to bar imports of used clothing violates Agoa eligibility criteria.

Thousands of jobs in East Africa and the US would be lost if the clothing ban is implemented, the association argued.

Eliminating barriers

Among the standards African countries must meet for participation in Agoa is a demonstration of progress toward eliminating barriers to US trade and investment.

US trade officials will now assess the recycled materials association's claims against Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda.

A public hearing on the issue is scheduled to take place in Washington on July 13.

Combined imports from Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda under Agoa's duty-free provisions amounted to $43 million last year — up from $33 million in 2015.

Agoa is a far more valuable instrument for Kenya, which exported $394 million worth of textiles and apparel to the US in 2016.

The Trump administration intends to rigorously enforce Agoa eligibility requirements, US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said last week at a US-Africa Business Summit.

He warned that “countries currently benefiting from trade preferences granted by the African Growth and Opportunity Act [must] continue complying with eligibility requirements established in US law.”

Lobbying firm

Prior to Tuesday's announcement that its status is not in jeopardy, Kenya had responded to the threatened loss of Agoa benefits by hiring a Washington lobbying firm with ties to the Trump administration.


The Kenyan embassy in Washington pointed to the Agoa issue as a key reason for retaining the Sonoran Policy Group at a rate of $100,000-a-month for the next three months.

US trade law gives the president the option of suspending or limiting duty-free treatment of imports from an African country found to be out of compliance with Agoa standards.

President Trump could thus stop short of expelling Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda from Agoa if the recycled materials association prevails in its case against the three EAC states.

Kenya won't lose Agoa status, EAC partners at risk
Let it be as you say. Thanks
 

Kambalanick

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Kwani EAC partners walitaka tuache Agoa when we would have lost the most... All of them combined just sale $43m sisi so many jobs plus $394m...
I think the periodical sale of EPZ clothes locally Uhuru alianzisha can help with the second hand clothes subtly while keeping everyone happy.
 

Jay456watt

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wait do we really need this deal coz our local manufacturers are suffering....plus the trade is not favorable to us...43 million against 200 million? seriously? on the plus side, atleast used clothes are more affordable than new ones plus many have been employed in Gikomba, Githurai and other markets...so not so bad after all
 

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wait do we really need this deal coz our local manufacturers are suffering....plus the trade is not favorable to us...43 million against 200 million? seriously? on the plus side, atleast used clothes are more affordable than new ones plus many have been employed in Gikomba, Githurai and other markets...so not so bad after all
"Combined imports from Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda under Agoa's duty-free provisions amounted to $43 million last year — up from $33 million in 2015. "

" Agoa is a far more valuable instrument for Kenya, which exported $394 million worth of textiles and apparel to the US in 2016."
 

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"Combined imports from Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda under Agoa's duty-free provisions amounted to $43 million last year — up from $33 million in 2015. "

" Agoa is a far more valuable instrument for Kenya, which exported $394 million worth of textiles and apparel to the US in 2016."
thanks for the clarification...394million sio mchezo...
 

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Hivi kweli na wewe una support hiyo kitu?? Hili swala Magufuli aliliongelea jana kwenye ziara yake yakuzindua viwanda. Haiwezekani watulazimishe kuvaa mitumba yao alafu sisi tuwauzie pamba. Akuna sekta yenye ajila kubwa kama sekta ya nguo. Kiwanda changuo kinauwezo wakuajili watu 12,000 hapo ujaweka kiwanda chaku chambua pamba na nyuzi, bado mkulima wa pamba. Magufuri kaligomea hilo swala tukizingatia kuna viwanda 12 vyanguo vipya vinavyojengwa nchini ukiachana navilivyopo. Ukiangalia kwenye uwomkataba wamarekani ndowanafaidi zaidi. Kiukweli nipo na Magufuri 100%. Nilazima nasisi raw materials zitumike humu humu nchi. Viva Magufuri.
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A Kenyan worker sews clothes for export at the Alltex EPZ factory in Athi River Kenya. FILE PHOTO

Kenya no longer faces possible loss of Agoa trade benefits, US officials announced on Tuesday.

However, three other East African Community member states — Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda — must undergo an assessment of their Agoa eligibility status, Washington's top trade agency affirmed.

The assessment could result in their ejection from the preferential trade programme.

A review of Kenya's inclusion in the African Growth and Opportunity Act “is not warranted at this time,” the Office of the US Trade Representative said in a notice published in a federal government gazette.

It cited “recent actions Kenya has taken, including reversing tariff increases, effective July 1, 2017, and committing not to ban imports of used clothing through policy measures that are more trade-restrictive than necessary to protect human health.”

Continue monitoring

The US trade office added that it “will continue to monitor Kenya's actions to ensure that Kenya follows through on its commitments.”

The US decision to spare Kenya from a process that would have jeopardised the country's 66,000 Agoa-related jobs “is, no doubt, a victory for Kenya's trade diplomacy,” said Abdirizak Musa, an official in Nairobi's embassy in Washington.


Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda still risk loss of their Agoa benefits due to their ongoing commitment to a March 2016 EAC decision to phase in a ban on imports of used clothing and footwear from the US.

The EAC countries, including Kenya, were named in a petition filed three months ago by a US-based recycled textiles association alleging that the joint move to bar imports of used clothing violates Agoa eligibility criteria.

Thousands of jobs in East Africa and the US would be lost if the clothing ban is implemented, the association argued.

Eliminating barriers

Among the standards African countries must meet for participation in Agoa is a demonstration of progress toward eliminating barriers to US trade and investment.

US trade officials will now assess the recycled materials association's claims against Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda.

A public hearing on the issue is scheduled to take place in Washington on July 13.

Combined imports from Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda under Agoa's duty-free provisions amounted to $43 million last year — up from $33 million in 2015.

Agoa is a far more valuable instrument for Kenya, which exported $394 million worth of textiles and apparel to the US in 2016.

The Trump administration intends to rigorously enforce Agoa eligibility requirements, US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said last week at a US-Africa Business Summit.

He warned that “countries currently benefiting from trade preferences granted by the African Growth and Opportunity Act [must] continue complying with eligibility requirements established in US law.”

Lobbying firm

Prior to Tuesday's announcement that its status is not in jeopardy, Kenya had responded to the threatened loss of Agoa benefits by hiring a Washington lobbying firm with ties to the Trump administration.


The Kenyan embassy in Washington pointed to the Agoa issue as a key reason for retaining the Sonoran Policy Group at a rate of $100,000-a-month for the next three months.

US trade law gives the president the option of suspending or limiting duty-free treatment of imports from an African country found to be out of compliance with Agoa standards.

President Trump could thus stop short of expelling Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda from Agoa if the recycled materials association prevails in its case against the three EAC states.

Kenya won't lose Agoa status, EAC partners at risk
 

MK254

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Hivi kweli na wewe una support hiyo kitu?? Hili swala Magufuli aliliongelea jana kwenye ziara yake yakuzindua viwanda. Haiwezekani watulazimishe kuvaa mitumba yao alafu sisi tuwauzie pamba. Akuna sekta yenye ajila kubwa kama sekta ya nguo. Kiwanda changuo kinauwezo wakuajili watu 12,000 hapo ujaweka kiwanda chaku chambua pamba na nyuzi, bado mkulima wa pamba. Magufuri kaligomea hilo swala tukizingatia kuna viwanda 12 vyanguo vipya vinavyojengwa nchini ukiachana navilivyopo. Ukiangalia kwenye uwomkataba wamarekani ndowanafaidi zaidi. Kiukweli nipo na Magufuri 100%. Nilazima nasisi raw materials zitumike humu humu nchi. Viva Magufuri.

Hallo soma taarifa, sisi kama Kenya tuliwauzia Wamarekani vinguo nguo vyenye gharama ya $394 million, hivyo tunapiga na wao dili kwa kwenda mbele, hatua kwa hatua, jino kwa jino mpaka kieleweke.

Nyie hapo hata mkiunganishwa mataifa ya Rwanda, Tanzania na Uganda mlifikisha $43 million, hivyo makelele yenu hayawafikii sana. Haya mambo ni ya kujituma na kukaa mkao wa kula siku zote kiunyan'gau.....
 

mulisaaa

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Hehehe!! The typical Lumumba street hanger on, naona imekuingia penyewe.....[/QUOTE
Hivo nimp
Hehehe!! The typical Lumumba street hanger on, naona imekuingia penyewe.....
nimpuuzi gani anaweza kwa huku Tanzania ilo swaka likamuuma? Kuvaa chupi, sindilia na suti za wazungu waliokufa ndouna shangila. Jiulize kwa mini Trump alipiga chini mikataba ya Obama yakibiashara na nchi za Asia. Nikwasababu Asia walikua wanafaidi soko ladunia. Tunachoona hapo mnauwa textile industry
 

Mwanzi1

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Tatizo ni kwamba ilikuwa hautusaidi sana, AGOA imasaidia zaidi Chinese, Indians, Vietnamese Pakistan, Lebanese who have rushed to size an opportunity to sale their products on US market duty free. Obama alivyokuja Tanzania 2013 he wanted to cancel project AGOA, reason being there was very little evidence that the scheme was benefitting people in low income scale. Hata huko Kenya, 400 billion dollars inapita tu na kwenda kwa Chinese, Bangladesh, Vietnamese etc, Kenya is not producing enough yarn, enough dye, enough polyester, enough buttons. Vyote hivyo vinakuwa imported na ndio hapo pesa inapoondoka Africa na kwenda kusaidia other industries elsewhere.

Tanzania tuliliona hilo na ndio Maana hatujalikimbilia hilo swala sana.
 

mulisaaa

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Hallo soma taarifa, sisi kama Kenya tuliwauzia Wamarekani vinguo nguo vyenye gharama ya $394 million, hivyo tunapiga na wao dili kwa kwenda mbele, hatua kwa hatua, jino kwa jino mpaka kieleweke.

Nyie hapo hata mkiunganishwa mataifa ya Rwanda, Tanzania na Uganda mlifikisha $43 million, hivyo makelele yenu hayawafikii sana. Haya mambo ni ya kujituma na kukaa mkao wa kula siku zote kiunyan'gau.....
Atutaki mdudu anaeitwa AGOA kutoka Marekani wala EPA wa European union. Atuwezi kukubali kuuwa viwanda vyetu kwa faida zao.African market ni kubwa sana. Inabidi kwanza tuzalishe tujitoshelezi thus when we will compete with them. Even in boxing light weight awezi pigana na heavy weight. Hiyo ndo sababu Sikuzote unapo mpiga chura teke unamuongezea mwendo
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Hivi kweli na wewe una support hiyo kitu?? Hili swala Magufuli aliliongelea jana kwenye ziara yake yakuzindua viwanda. Haiwezekani watulazimishe kuvaa mitumba yao alafu sisi tuwauzie pamba. Akuna sekta yenye ajila kubwa kama sekta ya nguo. Kiwanda changuo kinauwezo wakuajili watu 12,000 hapo ujaweka kiwanda chaku chambua pamba na nyuzi, bado mkulima wa pamba. Magufuri kaligomea hilo swala tukizingatia kuna viwanda 12 vyanguo vipya vinavyojengwa nchini ukiachana navilivyopo. Ukiangalia kwenye uwomkataba wamarekani ndowanafaidi zaidi. Kiukweli nipo na Magufuri 100%. Nilazima nasisi raw materials zitumike humu humu nchi. Viva Magufuri.
Kenya haiuzii America pamba, bali manguo yallokamolika kabisa, kwa dola karibia $400m!

Tz, Rw, Bu, mauzo yao kujumulishwa.....ati $45m.



Tanzania ya Viwonder, kumbe kelele nyingi humu ati mtawafikia wakenya awamu hii, na kumbe mnexport bidhaa ya nguo US kwa $10m tu?

 

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