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Ask The Ambassador: Exporting from Africa

08/07/2009 - 12:20pm

Welcome to the Ask the Ambassador portion of our blog. We have received many questions and comments from not just across the United States, but also from different regions of the world. This blog will feature questions that express common themes running throughout the questions we receive.

Many people have written us asking us how they can participate in the trade process. For example, William in Ghana, West Africa, asked:

"I am a young small scale pepper farmer in Ghana, West Africa. How can I access the US Market and how can I be assisted to technically to expand my farm and also Produce High Quality yield that can meet your market standard."

Ambassador Kirk responds:

"The African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) and Generalized System of Preference (GSP) provisions provide duty free access to the US market for about 6400 items, including peppers. In addition, the regional trade hub in Accra which is funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development provides assistance to farmers like you who are interested in exporting to the United States under AGOA. To learn more about AGOA and the assistance provided by the trade hub, visit the website www.watradehub.org."

Please keep submitting your questions and comments. We look forward to answering them and expanding the dialogue about trade on USTR.GOV.