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Obama Administration Notifies Congress Regarding Suspension of AGOA Benefits for South Africa

When Congress renewed the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) earlier this year, it was with the understanding that the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative would conduct an out-of-cycle review on whether South Africa is meeting its obligations under AGOA to grant access to U.S. products, including pork, beef and poultry.

This week President Obama sent notifications to Congress and to the government of South Africa indicating that he intends to suspend trade benefits to South African agricultural products under AGOA, for failure to meet these eligibility requirements. Specifically, the Administration intends to take action 60 days after this notification unless South Africa meets certain benchmarks to eliminate barriers for U.S. pork, beef and poultry.