The United States textile and apparel industry has also benefitted from AGOA. In a statement made by the President of the United States Fashion Industry Association (USFIA), Julia K. Hughes, in conjunction with certain other six US and African industry and retail trade organizations, AGOA has also allowed US companies to produce quality, affordable apparel for their customers. Hughes noted that “without the duty-free treatment, sourcing apparel from the (AGOA) region is cost-prohibitive for many fashion brands and retailers, and since they plan their sourcing six to twelve months in advance, many are already considering leaving the region altogether.”

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