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  • In 1997 the United States signed an agreement allowing all products produced in specified Jordanian-based QIZ’s would be permitted quota-free and duty-free access to the U.S.
  • The QIZ agreement gave Jordan a unique position in the garment industry.  Unlike the U.S.’s other “free-trade” partners such as Mexico, Canada and the Caribbean countries, Jordan is free to import fabric from any country in the world while having only 35% value added.
  • Jordan created an export-driven garment industry overnight. Exports of apparel and clothing to the United States  (HTS 61 and 62), skyrocketed from $2.9M in 1997 to $582M in 2003 a CAGR of 113%.
  • In 2003 exports of apparel and clothing amounted to 86.4% of all exports to the United States.
  • It is expected that Jordan will retain these advantage post-2005 when all quotas on garments will be phased out, though the industry will change dramatically.