By Leonie Barrie

Groups representing apparel and footwear manufacturers, brands, and retailers in the US and Africa are urging quick renewal of the African Growth & Opportunity Act (AGOA)--warning that delays in its passage are dragging on sourcing decisions. 

The calls come after the US Senate last week voted overwhelmingly by 97 to 1 to approve a bill to extend and update AGOA for ten years, simplify the rules of origin, add notification and reporting requirements, and improve transparency and participation in the AGOA review process.

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