On November 2, 2021, President Biden provided advanced notification to the U.S. Congress that he intends to terminate the designation of Ethiopia, Guinea and Mali as beneficiaries under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA).
The decision is based on the respective countries' controversial violations of human rights, as well as their lack of consistent progress regarding the protection of the rule of law and workers' rights.
The countries are scheduled to be removed from AGOA on January 1, 2022. The full statement may be viewed here.
If you have any questions about this matter, please contact the John S. Connor Compliance Team.