Earlier this week, President Trump announced to Congress his decision to end Cameroon’s preferential trade status starting 2020 due to alleged human rights violations – citing “extrajudicial killings, arbitrary and unlawful detention and torture”.
As of January 1, 2020, Cameroon will be removed from the list of countries benefiting under the African Grown and Opportunity Act of 2000 that encompasses 39 African nations.
Part of the move to end Cameroon’s trade status came from reports by Human Rights Watch (HRW) reports of torture and abuse that included overcrowded conditions, torture and delayed trials.
Overall, Cameroon is the US’s 128th largest trade partner with an estimated $413 million worth of goods exchanged last year.
If you believe you will be impacted by this, contact experienced trade attorney David Hsu to explore your options for exporting and importing from Cameroon after January 1st. Phone/text David at 832-896-6288 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com.