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Rwanda Will Not Reverse Decision On Second Hand Clothes

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Rwanda Will Not Reverse Decision On Second Hand Clothes

Rwanda has responded to President Donald Trump’s announcement on Thursday last week that he is going to scrap Rwanda from duty-free treatment under the Africa Growth Opportunity Act.

A statement issued by the government says, “The withdrawal of AGOA benefits is at the discretion of the United States.”

The statement adds that “AGOA is a commendable unilateral gesture to African countries, including Rwanda, meant to promote trade and development through exports.”

The notification by Trump in a letter to the US Congress said that Rwanda’s duty-free status for apparel will end in 60 days if no corrective actions are taken.

His move follows that of the East African countries to raise tariffs on second-hand clothing imports, in order to promote local manufacturing capacity in garment and other industries.

USA President Removes Rwanda From AGOA

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