Angolan entrepreneurs have difficulties exporting to the US

15 July 2015

Angolan entrepreneurs are experiencing difficulties in exporting to the United States, due to the degree of product certification required, the Angolan Trade Minister said Tuesday in Luanda.

Minister Rosa Pacavira, who spoke at a seminar on exporting to the US and taking advantage of the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) said that to overcome these difficulties, entrepreneurs need to engage much more, especially in product certification.

Noting that coffee and handicrafts are the main Angolan products exported to the US under AGOA, Pacavira stressed that confirmation of the origin is a key factor for a product to enter the United States.

She said that before Angola was eligible under AGOA, the US was already one of its largest trading partners, and took on a significant amount of Angolan exports, especially oil.

She stressed that these exports were under the generalised system of preferences, to promote growth in developing countries through the exemption from customs duties of a list of around 4,800 products.

Cited by Angolan news agency Angop, Pacavira said that from 1985 to 2003 before AGOA, Angola exported goods to the US worth US$42.9 billion.

After joining AGOA in 2003, Angolan exports to the US have nearly tripled in quantity and value, rising in the 2004-2014 period to US$115.39 billion, said the Angolan minister. (macauhub/AO)