African Growth and Opportunities Act – Effective October 1, 2000, the United States established a preferential program, the African Growth and Opportunities Act (AGOA), which grants duty-free and quota-free duty status for apparel products manufactured in certain Sub-Saharan Africa countries. As of January 1, 2010, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Chad, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mali, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia are the only Sub-Saharan Africa countries that are designated as eligible for these benefits.