President Biden announced to U.S. Congress that he plans to terminate Ethiopia, Guinea, and Mali as designated beneficiary countries under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) as of January 1st, 2022. The loss of AGOA designation will potentially increase duties on imports of products made in these countries.
The President is taking this step because Ethiopia, Guinea, and Mali are not in compliance with AGOA eligibility requirements, due to violations in internationally recognized human rights, worker’s rights, establishing the protection of the rule of the law, and of pollical pluralism.
The U.S. will continue to monitor and assess whether these governments are making continual progress toward meeting these AGOA eligibility requirements.
Please direct any questions regarding AGOA to your Livingston account manager.