Published in October 2020, this manual provides current and potential exporters to the United States with information needed to comply with requirements of U.S. customs laws and to take advantage of AGOA. As a practical document, it offers step-by-step guidance on what you need to know if you are interested in exporting goods to the U.S., including:

  • Information on the entry process

  • Classification

  • Valuation of goods

  • Determination of country of origin

  • Admissibility of goods

  • Assessment of duty

During the development of the manual, the USAID Southern Africa Trade and Investment Hub interviewed stakeholders from across eight sub-Saharan African countries: Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Namibia, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, and Zambia. Through this qualitative research process, all interviews informed the design and function of the manual as a collective. The market actors included export firms with some export experience, trade and investment promotion agencies, business membership organizations and members of national-level AGOA steering committees.

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