African countries ban secondhand clothes imports

African countries are trying to support their domestic textile industries, but pressure from the US and a flood of cheap clothing from China are making it difficult.

Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda have agreed to ban second-hand clothing, mostly imported from the US and UK, in order to support their own textile industries.

They hope local factories will create much-needed jobs and increase exports.

The three countries are now facing threats of trade sanctions from the US who says the ban violates free-trade agreements.


Al Jazeera’s Malcolm Webb reports from Uganda’s capital Kampala.