African Growth and Opportunity Act. The act, implemented in October 2000, provides for duty-free and quota-free access to the US market for apparel made in Sub-Saharan Africa. To qualify for AGOA benefits, apparel must be made in an eligible Sub-Saharan African country and, normally, be produced from materials formed within the region or in the USA. For a limited period, however, the third-countryfabric provision permits apparel makers in lesser developed Sub-Saharan African countries to source materials globally without losing AGOA benefits. Last referenced in: Global apparel markets: business update, 1st quarter 2014 (Global Apparel Markets Issue 25)
a method in which fibres are first dispersed into an air stream, and then condensed from the air stream on to a permeable cage or conveyor to form a web or batt of staple fibres.