ITC investigates trade barriers under AGOA
The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) has started an investigation into the export potential and trade barriers faced by sub-Saharan African countries eligible for trade preferences under the African Growth and Opportunity Act.
The ITC was asked to conduct the investigation on behalf of the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR).
In specific, the ITC will identify with respect to each of the AGOA-eligible countries, the major economic sectors with the greatest potential for increased export sales and domestic and international barriers that impede trade growth in these sectors. The agency will also note in its report any findings of private-sector initiatives and technical assistance programs that help to ease trade barriers.
In addition, the ITC will hold a public hearing in connection with the investigation at its Washington headquarters March 1. For more information about the investigation and hearing, contact the ITC’s Office of the Secretary at (202) 205-1806.
The ITC’s report is due to USTR by June 30.