US to review benefits to Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania for used clothes ban

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WASHINGTON, June 20 (Reuters) - The U.S. Trade
Representative said on Tuesday it was reviewing trade benefits
to Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda under the African Growth and
Opportunity Act (AGOA) after a complaint over a ban on imports
of used clothing into the East African market.
    USTR said the "out-of-cycle" review was in response to a
petition filed by the Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles
Association (SMART), which complained that the ban "imposed
significant hardship" on the U.S. used-clothing industry.
    "Through the out-of-cycle review, USTR and trade-related
agencies will assess the allegations contained within the SMART
petition and review whether Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda are
adhering to AGOA's eligibility requirements," USTR said in a

 (Reporting by Lesley Wroughton; Editing by Jeffrey Benkoe)
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