CBP Publishes Guidance on AGOA, Israel FTA, and Chile FTA Changes

Posted by Kelsay Calvaruso on 1/21/20 5:00 PM

On January 13, 2020, in Cargo Systems Messaging Service (CSMS) #41285855, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued guidance on the changes made to the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), Israel Free Trade Agreement, and Chile Free Trade Agreement in Presidential Proclamation 9974.

The changes made include the following:

  • Cameroon’s designation as a beneficiary sub-Saharan African country under AGOA is terminated;
  • The Republic of Niger, the Central African Republic, and the Republic of the Gambia are not eligible for preferential treatment under section 112(a) of AGOA;
  • Guinea-Bissau and the Republic of Niger are designated as lesser developed beneficiary sub-Saharan African countries under section 112(c) of AGOA.
  • Duty-free access under the U.S.-Israel Free Trade Agreement is extended through December 31, 2020.
  • The continuation of staged duty rate reductions for originating goods under the U.S.-Chile Free Trade Agreement will be in General Note 26 of the modified Harmonized Tariff Schedule effective April 1, 2020.

CSMS #41285855 can be found here:


Federal Register Notice 84 FR 72187 containing Presidential Proclamation 9974 can be found here:


Topics: CBP, AGOA, Israel, Chile

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