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U.S.-South Africa Trade Spat Risks $1.7 Billion of Exports

  • American farmers want South Africa to remove trade barriers
  • South Africa has more than doubled exports to U.S. since 2000
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South Africa is fighting to retain duty-free access for exports to the U.S. worth as much as $1.7 billion a year in a dispute that pits farmers in the two nations against each other.

The U.S. is reviewing South Africa’s status as a full beneficiary of a preferential trade pact known as the African Growth and Opportunity Act, which eliminates import levies on more than 7,000 products ranging from textiles to manufactured items. AGOA, as the accord is known, was renewed in June for another 10 years, benefiting 39 African nations.