Caribbean preferences 12 since 1984 as part of the

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Caribbean preferences 12. Since 1984, as part of the Caribbean Basin Initiative (CBI), the CBERA provides duty-free access to most products imported from 24 Caribbean countries. The major product exclusions from duty-free treatment are classified under the following sections: out-of-quota agricultural products; canned tuna; textiles and textile articles; petroleum; and footwear and headgear. The CBI was extended in May 2000 through the enactment of the CBTPA. The CBTPA extended duty-free tariff treatment to a number of other products previously excluded from CBI trade preferences, including footwear, canned tuna, petroleum products, and watches and watch parts. In June 2003, 14 Caribbean countries were eligible for CBTPA treatment. In 2002, the average CBERA and CBTPA tariff rates were 2.4% and 2.3% respectively. 13. In addition, the CBTPA expanded duty-free (and quota-free) treatment to certain clothing manufactured in the CBI region from U.S.-origin fabric, as well as limited quantities of apparel made from fabric knit in the CBI region from U.S. yarns (Chapter IV(3)(iii)). Such apparel was previously excluded from preferential tariff treatment. 26 USTR online information. Available at: http://www.ustr.gov/fr/2003/2003-07-01-gsp.pdf. 27 USTR online information. Available at: http://www.ustr.gov/fr/2002/2002-09-03-gsp-proclamation. pdf. 28 Presidential Proclamation 7637 of 10 January; FR Vol. 68 No. 9 of 14 January 2003.
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United States WT/TPR/S/126 Page 46 AGOA preferences 14. The AGOA, implemented in December 2000 as part of the Trade and Development Act, enhanced market access for sub-Saharan African countries by making over 1,800 new products eligible for duty-free treatment until 30 September 2008, including such previously excluded items as footwear, luggage, handbags, watches. Sub-Saharan African beneficiary countries are also exempted from competitive need limitations, which cap the GSP benefits available to beneficiaries in other regions. Non-eligible products consist essentially of agricultural and food products, and textiles and clothing products, as well as certain steel products, canned peaches and apricots, and dehydrated garlic. 29 In addition, the AGOA provides duty-free and quota-free access to imports of clothing made locally from U.S. inputs, and to a lesser extent to clothing produced locally using regional or third country fabrics and yarns (Chapter IV(3)(iii)). Andean preferences 15. Concessions granted under the ATPA to Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru are similar in magnitude and coverage to those available under the CBERA. The ATPA provides reduced-duty or duty-free treatment for most imports from qualifying countries, resulting in an average applied tariff of 2.6% (Table III.2). The major exclusions from preferential treatment are classified under the following sections: out-of-quota agricultural products, canned tuna; textile and textiles articles; petroleum; and footwear and headgear. The ATPDEA (see Chapter II) extended preferential tariff rates to additional products not eligible for preferences under ATPA, if certain criteria are met. These
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