While apparel manufacturing has not historically been a major contributor to the national economies of West Africa, garment manufacturers have recently pursued opportunities to penetrate the U.S. market under the African Growth and Opportunities Act (AGOA).
In 2004, the United States imported over U.S. $83 billion in apparel. Only two percent was sourced in Sub Saharan Africa. This represents a tremendous market for garment manufacturers.
In 2016, AGOA eligible countries exported over U.S. $1 billion in apparel and related items. Nigeria was not a beneficiary of apparel exports due to unavailability of the AGOA visa stamp which is a pre-requisite for all exports of AGOA eligible apparel from Nigeria. Nigeria’s apparel and textile export potential is estimated at over U.S. $5 billion.
The quality of manufactured apparel has risen so consistently across manufacturers around the world, that high quality is no longer a major competitive issue; it is a requirement, even at the low-cost end of the market. U.S. buyers now accept only very high levels of product quality, no matter how low a price they are paying. Most buyers will expect a manufacturer to follow detailed product specifications the buyer may provide. Products that do not conform to these standards are likely to be rejected upon receipt, and will be returned at the supplier’s expense.
This training is being organized to provide practical information for apparel exporters of all sizes who are actively looking to maximize the opportunities presented for duty free exports, added revenue generation, job creation, and exposure into the American market. The training seeks to increase the capacity, knowledge and access to market of apparel and leather manufacturers through a focus on product quality and testing, manufacturing efficiency, factory certification, connecting with U.S. buyers, qualifying as a supplier, financial considerations, and market advantages under AGOA.
The training will present general information about the U.S. marketplace and global competition. It will also outline specific information about regulatory requirements for garments sold in the United States, as well as provide an extensive list of materials that help manufacturer’s access higher duties under AGOA.
Major concentration will be on:
– Understanding the Apparel and Leather value chain.
– Niche versus General markets.
– Developing a functional Standard Operating Procedure.
– Sourcing, Value Addition and HTS Codes.
– Financing Apparel and Leather export trade.
– Accessing the International market.
– Migrating from tailoring to manufacturing.
– Quality and Standards: Social and Environmental Compliance, WRAP Certifications, International Best Practices, etc.
– Participating in Trade Fairs.
– Step-by-step guide to exporting apparel and leather goods
Venue: First Business Alliance, The Grosvenor Building. 2nd Floor, Plot 23, Water Corporation Drive, Off Ligali Ayorinde Street, Victoria Island. Lagos
Date: 19th – 20th October, 2017
Time: 9:00am – 4:00pm