The first load of coffee from Angola, weighing 11 tonnes, has arrived in the United States, said Monday in New York the ambassador of Angola in the United States speaking to Jornal de Angola.
Agostinho Tavares also said that coffee is the first Angolan product to be exported to the United States under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), which allows sub-Saharan Africa countries to place a variety of products on the US market with paying customs duties or taxes.
The ambassador said that Angola, a country that for years has exported oil to the United States, in the next few days will send a second shipment of coffee, which is experiencing high demand.
The trade ministers of African countries benefiting from the Growth and Opportunities for Africa Act took part from 22 to 26 September in the 16th edition of the African Growth and Opportunity Act Forum, known as the “AGOA Forum.”
The African Growth and Opportunity Act, established in 2000 by the administration of former President George Bush, was renewed in 2015 by the current US administration to take effect for another period of 15 years.