U.S. trade chief: Ethiopia's duty-free market status to be decided 'soon'

Ethiopia exported about $237mln worth of goods duty-free to the United States under AGOA in 2020

  
A worker inspects a container at North Port in Port Klang outside Kuala Lumpur January 8, 2009.

A worker inspects a container at North Port in Port Klang outside Kuala Lumpur January 8, 2009.

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GENEVA, Oct 14 (Reuters) - Katherine Tai, U.S. global trade representative, said that the U.S. would "soon" decide on Ethiopia's status under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), an agreement which gives it duty-free access to the United States.

"Reports coming back to us through official channels and civil society are not encouraging. What is happening in Ethiopia is a humanitarian crisis," said Tai, referring to ongoing fighting in northern Ethiopia and deepening famine in the region of Tigray.

(Reporting by Emma Farge; writing by Katharine Houreld) ((katharine.houreld@thomsonreuters.com; + 254 796 142 176;))


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