USTR - Fact Sheet,10,330,273,219,214,220,275,320,226,334,274,215/10en-usFACT SHEET: The Second Anniversary of the U.S.-Colombia Trade AgreementTwo years after the United States-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement went into force on May 15, 2012, the agreement continues to make good on its promise of supporting the growth of American jobs; increasing U.S. exports for manufacturers, farmers and ranchers; and enhancing U.S. competitiveness. Sheet: The U.S.-Colombia Trade Agreement: One Year Later05/15/2013THE U.S.-COLOMBIA TRADE AGREEMENT: ONE YEAR LATER May 15, 2013 signifies the one-year anniversary of the of the United States-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement taking effect – and that agreement is making good on its promise of supporting more American jobs, increasing U.S. exports for manufacturers, farmers and ranchers, and enhancing U.S. competitiveness.More Exports to Colombia of Made-in-America Goods SHEET: Urgent Need to Extend AGOA's Third-Country Fabric Provision and Implement CAFTA-DR Textileand Apparel ProvisionsThe United States is committed to boosting trade with African and Latin American nations through the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), our trade preference program for sub-Saharan Africa and our Central America – Dominican Republic – United States Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR). The urgent changes needed to AGOA and CAFTA-DR would build on two key U.S. SHEET: Benefits of the U.S.-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement: More American Exports, More American JobsEntry into force of the U.S.–Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement (TPA) will increase U.S. exports, support more American jobs, and enhance U.S. competitiveness• Colombia’s economy is the third largest in Central and South America. This comprehensive trade agreement will eliminate tariffs and other barriers to U.S. exports, expand bilateral trade and promote economic growth for both our countries. SHEET: Historic Progress on Labor Rights in ColombiaApril 15, 2012 Labor Rights Advances in ColombiaThere are ever more signs of progress in advancing labor rights in Colombia. Some stem from the Colombian government’s implementation of the Action Plan Related to Labor Rights. Others are steps the Santos Administration has taken beyond the Action Plan, demonstrating the depth of its commitment to promoting labor rights and fostering social justice. Still others show the rule of law at work to the benefit of labor rights in Colombia.PRIVATE SECTOR/STAKEHOLDER DEVELOPMENTS Agreements and JobsThe Pending Trade Agreements: More American Jobs, Faster Economic Recovery Through Exports Action Plan Related to Labor Rights: Accomplishments to DateOn April 7, 2011, the U.S. and Colombian Governments announced an Action Plan in which the Colombian Government committed to a series of measures in defined time frames to improve the protection of internationally recognized labor rights, the prevention of violence against labor leaders, and the prosecution of the perpetrators of such violence. The U.S. Government has confirmed that the Colombian Government has taken the steps slated for completion to date, further building on work done during the initial phases of the Action Plan. These include the following actions: in the U.S.-Panama Trade Promotion AgreementThe environment chapter of the U.S.-Panama Trade Promotion Agreement (the “Agreement”) contains groundbreaking elements that were first outlined on May 10, 2007, in a bipartisan, Congressional-Executive accord to incorporate high environmental standards into America’s trade agreements. Under the Agreement, the Panamanian government will be held to the same level of accountability for meeting environmental commitments as it is for meeting all other commitments from market access to intellectual property protection. Textiles and Apparel in the U.S.-Panama Trade Promotion AgreementU.S. textiles and apparel exports to Panama have increased over 60 percent since 2007, reaching nearly $50 million in 2010. Many U.S. yarns, fabrics, and apparel currently face tariffs up to 15 percent upon entering Panama, whereas Panamanian textile and apparel goods enjoy duty-free preferential entry into the U.S. market. Panama remains a vital international shipping hub for textiles and apparel goods entering and exiting the U.S. market.