The USAID East Africa Trade Hub recently held a one-day practical workshop for home décor and fashion accessories producers interested in exporting to the US. Participants gained information and tips on US market trends; identifying customers and meeting their needs; gaining market access; finding distributors and buyers; and costing and pricing their goods.
Close to 40 people participated in the workshop. They also learned how to make use of African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) duty-free benefits and how to tackle export logistics at the workshop. The participants also received a manual that outlines product design and production; costing and pricing; understanding US standards and compliance; and understanding US distribution and exports under AGOA.
The USAID East Africa Trade and Investment Hub works to boost trade and investment with and within East Africa. The goal of the Hub is to deepen regional integration, increase the competitiveness of select regional agriculture value chains, promote two-way trade with the US under AGOA and facilitate investment and technology that drives trade growth intra-regionally and to global markets.