Mozambique National AGOA Utilization Strategy Report
The African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) is a U.S. trade act that provides duty-free import to goods produced in qualifying Sub-Saharan African (SSA) countries. AGOA came into force in 2000 and was most recently extended to 2025 through the AGOA Extension & Enhancement Act (AEEA). Mozambique has been eligible for AGOA since 2000. One of the additions to AGOA through the AEEA is language in the legislation that states countries should produce “AGOA Utilization Strategies” to take advantage of the benefits. Accordingly, this AGOA Utilization Strategy is intended to identify strategic sectors and goods for exports to the U.S. under AGOA by Mozambique, to provide guidance on increasing the awareness and expertise of AGOA among Mozambique’s relevant public and private stakeholders and to elaborate a set of strategic actions that, if implemented, could help Mozambique to better utilize the AGOA.
This AGOA Utilization Strategy includes 21 recommendations on improving awareness of AGOA, competitiveness of specific sectors, and exploiting the benefits granted to goods made in Mozambique for the U.S. market. Each recommendation includes identification of implementing entities as well as a recommended timeframe. As readers will note, there are a range timeframes from immediate to long term for Mozambique to better utilize AGOA and grow exports.
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