Rwanda Raises Tariffs on U.S. Second-hand Clothes Export

Africa's textile industry may be caught in the crosshairs of US president Donald Trump's global trade war. In reaction to Rwanda raising tariffs on used clothing and footwear from the US, the Trump administration says it will suspend duty-free privileges on eligible Rwandan clothing. Rwandan merchants says closing the door on second-hand clothes from the US will push business owners to focus more on local markets. 

Imposing an official ban on second-hand clothing could severely impact the East-African economy - encouraging smuggling thus evading taxation and tariffs, the potential loss of about 219,000 jobs, and potentially jeopardizing the $230 million income that further supports an estimated 1.4 million people.


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