Exporters in Ghana’s second largest city benefit from AGOA outreach series

On October 10, The Trade Hub’s Value Chain Development Lead, Bill Noble, and Senior AGOA Specialist, Dr. Mohamed Abou iiana, explained market access and the U.S. African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) to more than 80 people in Kumasi. The workshop was co-hosted by the Trade Hub and the Ghana Chamber of Commerce and Industry.… Read More

Ivorian ATRC hosts training in color fixing for traditional weavers and textile companies

Six years ago, Mrs. Chantale Guiraud, CEO of the Ivorian weaving company Kehanon, sent samples of her cloth to American wholesalers after their scoping mission in Cote d’Ivoire. But the samples she sent to the U.S. failed the quality test: colors were bleeding in the wash and some cloths were fraying. “It was a disappointment… Read More

AGAM sets up secretariat with Trade Hub assistance

The Trade Hub has donated office furniture and equipment worth 23,400 cedis (approximately $5,300) to the Association of Ghana Apparel Manufacturers (AGAM) as part of a grant agreement signed this July. AGAM will use the items to run its newly established secretariat, located in the Adjabeng Free Zone enclave in Accra, which was set up… Read More

Hub trains customs officials as Sierra Leone gets ready to export under AGOA

Seven Sierra Leonean customs officers attended the Trade Hub’s AGOA training on September 26 in Freetown. The training focused on standard operating procedures required under U.S. customs law; AGOA exports must be in compliance with these procedures. The training was conducted by Dr. Mohamed Abou iiana, the Trade Hub’s Senior AGOA Specialist. The training also… Read More

Burkinabé officials agree on steps to make AGOA textile visa operational

Burkina Faso became eligible to export under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) in December 2004, and eligible to export textiles under AGOA in August 2006. One of the AGOA requirements for textiles benefits concerns the establishment of an AGOA visa system for the export of apparel and textile products to the United States.… Read More

U.S. Ambassador to Benin applauds country’s first apparel export under AGOA

With speeches and a tour of one of Benin’s leading apparel factories, Ambassador Lucy Tamlyn (pictured second from right) applauded the shipment of 6,000 clergy shirts and 9,000 clergy collars to Hurley’s Religious Goods in the United States—made by Africa New Confection (ANC). “I congratulate Benin on the country’s first apparel AGOA shipment and ANC… Read More

Hub presents duty-free opportunities and challenges for Nigerians at NACC SME conference

At the Nigerian American Chamber of Commerce’s (NACC) third annual conference for small and medium enterprises (SME) in Abuja, the Trade Hub’s Dr. Mohamed Abou iiana presented on a panel with speakers from Nigeria’s Ministry of Agriculture and the U.S. Commercial Service in Lagos. The panel discussed challenges and opportunities for Nigerian exporters under the… Read More

Trade Hub trains Nigerian customs officers on AGOA procedures

Dr. Mohamed Abou iiana, conducted training on September 13 for seven customs officers from the export/import desk of the Tariff and Trade department of the Nigeria Customs Service. Dr. Abou iiana, Trade Hub Senior Specialist on the U.S. African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), presented on export documentation processing, commercial invoices, certificates of origin, bills… Read More

Hub delivers AGOA visa stamp to Nigerian customs, clearing hurdle for duty-free textile exports

Seven Nigerian apparel companies generated buzz and more than 100 leads from potential buyers and sourcing agents during the MAGIC apparel trade show in the U.S. this August, building on support from the USAID West Africa Trade and Investment Hub and the Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC). Buyers said they were impressed with the designs… Read More

AWEP members learn niche market opportunities, packaging tips at AGOA Forum

Members of the African Women Entrepreneurs Program (AWEP) and other businesswomen learned about opportunities in fair trade and organic markets and best practices in package design during an annual conference to boost exports under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). The Trade Hub’s gender specialist, Jean-Didier Nacoulma, hosted a seminar and plenary practical skills… Read More

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