“For Dignity and Development, East Africa Curbs Used Clothes Imports” – The New York Times – October 12, 2017

On October 12, 2017 The New York Times reported that six East African countries (Burundi, Kenya Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda) “have been trying to phase out imports of secondhand clothing and shoes over the last year, saying the influx of old items undermines their efforts to build domestic textile industries. The countries want to impose an outright ban by 2019.”

When East African countries raised tariffs on imported clothing, they faced a backlash from the United States.  In response, national political leaders and a representative of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) explain that imported clothing from Europe and the US prevents the development of local garment and textile industries in East Africa.

You may read the article on The New York Times internet site.