USTR - Fact Sheet,41/10en-usFACT SHEET: Urgent Need to Extend AGOA's Third-Country Fabric Provision and Implement CAFTA-DR Textileand Apparel ProvisionsThe United States is committed to boosting trade with African and Latin American nations through the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), our trade preference program for sub-Saharan Africa and our Central America – Dominican Republic – United States Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR). The urgent changes needed to AGOA and CAFTA-DR would build on two key U.S. Textiles and Apparel in the U.S.-Panama Trade Promotion AgreementU.S. textiles and apparel exports to Panama have increased over 60 percent since 2007, reaching nearly $50 million in 2010. Many U.S. yarns, fabrics, and apparel currently face tariffs up to 15 percent upon entering Panama, whereas Panamanian textile and apparel goods enjoy duty-free preferential entry into the U.S. market. Panama remains a vital international shipping hub for textiles and apparel goods entering and exiting the U.S. market. TextilesCAFTA-DR Supports U.S. Jobs: The US Textile and Apparel industry provides over 395,000 American jobs. An integrated supply chain under CAFTA-DR creates a strong regional textile and apparel industry, and in turn, a stronger US industry. In 2010, nearly 70 percent of U.S. imports of apparel under CAFTA-DR were sewn from regional fabric and yarn. In terms of preserving the benefit of the agreement for the Parties, the CAFTA-DR is one of the most effective trade agreements ever negotiated. - Bahrain FTA: Textile and Apparel Provisions - Morocco Free Trade Agreement: Textile and Apparel Provisions