April 25, 2014
News Release 14-037
Inv. No. 332-542
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819


Benefits under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) resulted in increased U.S. imports of automobiles, refined petroleum products, and apparel from AGOA countries during 2001-2013, reports the U.S. International Trade Commission in its publication AGOA: Trade and Investment Performance Overview.

The USITC, an independent, nonpartisan, factfinding federal agency, completed the report at the request of the U.S. Trade Representative.

As requested, the report describes, reviews, and analyzes the trade and investment performance of beneficiary countries under the AGOA from 2000 to 2013. The report also identifies products that have the potential to be exported to the United States under AGOA or to be integrated into regional and global supply chains. The report also examines changes in the business and investment climate in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) and lists reciprocal trade agreements involving SSA countries. Highlights of the report follow.

AGOA: Trade and Investment Performance Overview (Inv. No. 332-542, USITC publication 4461, April 2014) is available on the USITC's Internet site at http://www.usitc.gov/publications/332/updated_Errata_version_AGOA_pub4461.pdf.

The report may be requested by emailing pubrequest@usitc.gov, by calling 202-205-2000, or by writing the Office of the Secretary, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20436.

USITC general factfinding investigations, such as this, cover matters related to tariffs or trade and are generally conducted at the request of the U.S. Trade Representative, the House Committee on Ways and Means, and the Senate Committee on Finance. The resulting reports convey the Commission's objective findings and independent analyses on the subject investigated. The Commission makes no recommendations on policy or other matters in its general factfinding reports. Upon completion of each investigation, the USITC submits its findings and analyses to the requester. General factfinding investigations reports are subsequently released to the public, unless they are classified by the requester for national security reasons.

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