Slow delivery hits Kenya’s Agoa exports to US market - 8 months ago, 12 July 05:46

By: Kevin J Kelley

Washington DC

Kenya's inability to deliver on orders has been blamed for the country’s inability to fully benefit from the apparel industry's duty-free access to the US market, trade officials have said.

Jas Bedi, the head of Kenya's Export Promotion Council, told a Washington forum that it takes an average of 135 days to deliver goods to US buyers from the time an order is placed in Kenya.

"That's too long in today's market," Mr Bedi said, adding that China delivers orders from US purchasers in as little as 45 days.

"Speed is becoming the number-one consideration in international trade," Mr Bedi said, noting that it is no longer the case of a US fashion business having summer, winter and spring collections. “Now, there's a new collection every week."

Mr Bedi said the 75 days it takes for fabric from Asia to reach manufacturers in Kenya accounts for most of the lag in delivery of ...
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