On July 21, 2020, in Federal Register Notice (FRN) 85 FR 44140, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), announced that Mali has taken sufficient measures to qualify for preferential treatment under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). USTR based this decision on these factors:
- Mali’s visa system and related procedures are effective in preventing the unlawful transshipment of textile and apparel goods and the use of counterfeit documents in shipping; and
- Mali “has implemented and follows, or is making substantial progress towards implementing and following, the customs procedures required.”
In accordance with this determination, eligible products from Mali will qualify for the textile and apparel benefits under AGOA beginning August 4, 2020.
FRN 85 FR 44140 can be found here: