19 Jan 2005

American Samoa imposes garment export duty

1:34 pm on 19 January 2005

The governor of American Samoa has imposed a five percent export duty on garments that are exported to the United States.

Togiola Tulafono signed the executive order on January 10th, which has taken effect.

The government is closely scrutinizing any new garment companies that plan to operate in the territory.

This follows the controversy at the Daewoosa Samoa factory where more than 200 Vietnamese and Chinese workers were enslaved by its company owner at the factory.

The factory was closed down in 2001.