Trump’s trade wars hit Kagame’s Rwanda over secondhand clothes — Quartz


Donald Trump’s trade war has finally landed in Africa.

The US president has made good on threats to remove Rwanda’s privilege to export duty-free clothing to the United States. The move is a consequence of the east African nation’s decision to raise tariffs on used clothing and footwear imports from the US.

The suspension will not apply to Rwanda’s other duty-free benefits of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) but will affect 3% of its total exports to the United States, according to the U.S. Trade Representative’s office. Rwanda exported $43.7 million worth of goods under AGOA last year. In other words this new rule would only have affected $1.3 million worth of goods if it’d been applied last year.

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