Some clothing items made in Jamaica and other Caribbean countries will continue to get preferential duty-free access to the United States.

US President Donald Trump signed an extension to the Caribbean Basin Economic Recovery Act over the weekend.

The Caribbean Basin Trade Partnership Act, CBTPA, which is a part of the larger act, expired on September 30.

The Act, which took effect in 2000, provides certain Caribbean countries with duty and quota-free access to the US market for a wide range of goods.

These include select clothing products made in the Caribbean using US-produced yarns, threads and fabrics.

According to an update from the American Chamber of Commerce in Jamaica, the CBTPA provides expanded preferences for goods originating from beneficiary countries in the Caribbean, beyond what is included in the broader act.

Jamaica, Barbados, Belize, Curacao, Guyana, Haiti, St. Lucia and Trinidad and Tobago, are the countries that currently benefit from this agreement.