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TREAS/CUSTOMS RIN: 1515-AD47 Publication ID: Spring 2014 
Title: African Growth and Opportunity Act and Generalized System of Preferences and Trade Benefits Under AGOA 
Abstract: Finalization of interim amendments, with some changes, to the CBP regulations which were published in the Federal Register on October 5, 2000, as T.D. 00-67, and later amended by T.D. 03-15 published in the Federal Register on March 21, 2003, to implement the trade benefit provisions for sub-Saharan Africa contained in title I of the Trade and Development Act of 2000, as amended. The trade benefits under title I, also referred to as the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), apply to sub-Saharan African countries designated by the President and involve: the extension of duty-free treatment under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) to non-textile articles normally excluded from GSP duty-free treatment that are not import-sensitive, and the entry of specific textile and apparel articles free of duty and free of any quantitative limits. The regulatory amendments adopted in this final rule reflect and clarify the statutory standards for preferential tariff treatment under the AGOA, as amended by section 3108 of the Trade Act of 2002, and include other amendments necessitated by passage of the AGOA Acceleration Act of 2004 and the Africa Investment Incentive Act of 2006. This final rule includes specific documentary, procedural, and other related requirements that must be met in order to obtain preferential treatment. This document also adopts as a final rule interim amendments to the CBP regulations implementing the GSP, which were included in T.D. 00-67, to conform those regulations to previous amendments to the GSP statute. Moreover, this document adopts as a final rule other changes to the AGOA implementing regulations made by T.D. 03-15 to clarify several issues that arose after their original publication. Amendments to implement the trade benefit provisions for sub-Saharan Africa contained in title I of the Trade and Development Act of 2000. The trade benefits under title I, also referred to as the African Growth and Opportunity Act, apply to sub-Saharan African countries designated by the President and involve the extension of duty-free treatment under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) to nonimport-sensitive, nontextile articles normally excluded from GSP duty-free treatment, and the entry of specific textile and apparel articles free of duty and free of any quantitative limits. 
Agency: Department of the Treasury(TREAS)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 19 CFR 10; 19 CFR 163 
Legal Authority: 19 USC 66; 19 USC 1202; 19 USC 1321; 19 USC 1481; 19 USC 1484; 19 USC 1498; 19 USC 1508; 19 USC 1623 and 1624; 19 USC 2461; 19 USC 3314; 19 USC 3721 
Legal Deadline:
Action Source Description Date
Final  Statutory  Public Law 106-200.  10/01/2000 
Timetable:
Action Date FR Cite
Interim Final Rule  10/01/2000  65 FR 59668 
Interim Final Rule Effective  10/05/2000   
Interim Final Rule Comment Period End  12/04/2000   
Final Action  10/00/2014   
Additional Information: Transferred from RIN 1515-AC72
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
International Impacts: This regulatory action will be likely to have international trade and investment effects, or otherwise be of international interest.
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Related RINs: Previously reported as 1505-AB26 
Agency Contact:
Cynthia Reese
Senior Attorney, Valuation & Special Program Branch
Department of the Treasury
Customs Revenue Function
Regulations and Rulings, Office of International Trade, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, 90 K Street NE., (10th Floor),
Washington, DC 20229-1177
Phone:202 325-0046
Email: cynthia.reese@cbp.dhs.gov

Seth Mazze
Program Officer, Trade Agreements Branch
Department of the Treasury
Customs Revenue Function
Trade Policy and Programs, Office of International Trade, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, 1400 L Street NW.,
Washington, DC 20229-1155
Phone:202 863-6567
Email: seth.mazze@cbp.dhs.gov

 
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