The African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) is a United States Trade Act, enacted on 18 May 2000 as Public Law 106 of the 200th Congress. AGOA provides duty-free treatment to goods of designated sub-Saharan African countries (SSAs). Qualification for AGOA preferences is based on a set of conditions contained in the AGOA legislation. In order to qualify and remain eligible for AGOA, each country must be working to improve its rule of law, human rights, and respect for core labor standards. AGOA covers non-textile as well as textile goods and was most recently re-authorized through September 30, 2025
Some 5,240 tariff items are eligible for AGOA benefits. In order to benefit from AGOA, a good must be either wholly obtained (grown, fished, mined, etc.) or sufficiently manufactured in an AGOA country. Sufficiently manufactured means that all 3rd-country materials have undergone a substantial transformation and at least 35% of the good’s value is added in the beneficiary country, with up to 15% of that value attributable to U.S. inputs. Additionally, the good must be “imported directly”. LAW: https://agoa.info/images/documents/2385/AGOA_legal_text.pdf
The African Chamber of Commerce AGOA Office of Compliance will be dedicated to the transfer of information regarding the Rules and Regulations governing the participation and continued inclusion of African Countries under the African Growth and Opportunity Act Legislation. To meet AGOA’s rigorous eligibility requirements, countries must establish or make continual progress toward establishing a market-based economy, the rule of law, political pluralism, and the right to due process. The ACC AGOA Office of Compliance will work directly with each African Country’s Agency responsible for overseeing their Exports, providing Training Sessions to insure their complete understanding of AGOA in order to direct their Exporters in its successful utilization.
The African Chamber of Commerce AGOA Office of Business Development will work with educated Exporters recommended by their National Export Agency, which has already completed the African Chamber of Commerce Compliance Training Sessions. The Chamber will assist these African Exporters with the identification of potential US Buyers of their product, thereby providing American Companies direct access to African Suppliers.