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December 20, 2013

AUSTR for Environment and Natural Resources Jennifer Prescott Participates in Inaugural Environment Meetings with Colombian Government

 

April 15, 2012
Exchange of Letters related to Constitutional Court Review of Certain IPR Treaties



April 15, 2012
Exchange of Letters related to Control Measures on Avian Influenza



April 15, 2012
Exchange of Letters related to Control Measures on Salmonella in Poultry and Poultry Products



April 15, 2012
Exchange of Letters related to Phytosanitary Measures for Paddy Rice

 

October 21, 2011:
Statement By U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk On Presidential Signature Of Trade Legislation

 

October 13, 2011
Statements Regarding the Congressional Approval of the Korea, Colombia, and Panama Trade Agreements

 

From Enactment To Entry Into Force: Next Steps On The Trade Agreements

 

October 12, 2011:
Statement By U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk On Congressional Passage Of Trade Agreements, Trade Adjustment Assistance And Key Preference Programs

 

October 3, 2011
U.S Trade Representative Ron Kirk Calls for Swift Passage of Trade Agreements

 

  • The United States – Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement: Implementing Legislation and Supporting Documentation

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  • Statements Regarding the President’s Submission to Congress of the South Korea, Colombia, and Panama Trade Agreements

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  • The Pending Trade Agreements: More American Jobs, Faster Economic Recovery Through Exports

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    June 13, 2011
    Colombia Meets June 15th Milestones Under Action Plan on Labor Rights

     

    April 7, 2011
    Release of the Colombian Action Plan Related to Labor Rights

     

    April 6, 2011
    U.S.-Colombia Trade Agreement and Action Plan FACT SHEET: Trade & the U.S.-Colombia Partnership

    Important U.S.-Colombia Links


    Port of MiamiBenefits for Your Industry: USTR Fact Sheets

    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, promote economic growth, and expand trade between our two countries. U.S. goods exports to Colombia in 2010 were $12.0 billion. Visit USTR's Fact Sheet page to find out how the agreement will specifically benefit your sector.

     

     

     

    Tractor in a fieldBenefits for Your Farm: Agriculture Fact Sheets

    Colombia is an important market for America’s farmers and ranchers. In 2010, the United States exported $832 million of agricultural products to Colombia, the second highest export total in South America. Top U.S. exports include wheat, corn, cotton, soybeans, and corn gluten feed. Visit the Department of Agriculture's website to find out how the agreement will benefit your sector.

     

    Manufacturing PlantBenefits for Your Sector: Industry Fact Sheets: Benefits for Your Sector

    Over 80 percent of U.S. exports of consumer and industrial products to Colombia will become duty free immediately, with remaining tariffs phased out over 10 years. With average tariffs on U.S. industrial exports ranging from 7.4 to 14.6 percent, this will substantially increase U.S. exports. Visit the Department of Commerce's website to find out how the agreement will benefit your sector.  

     

    AgreementFull Text of the Agreement

    Read the full text of the U.S.-Colombia trade agreement, which is an integral part of the President’s efforts to increase opportunities for U.S. businesses, farmers and workers through improved access for their products and services in foreign markets, and supports the President’s National Export Initiative goal of doubling of U.S. exports in 5 years. The full text of the U.S.-Colombia trade agreement is also available in Spanish.

     

    Reports

    Advisory Committee Reports

    The advisory committee system, established by the U.S. Congress in 1974, was created to ensure that U.S. trade policy and trade negotiating objectives adequately reflect U.S. public and private sector interests. Read reports from the advisory committees regarding the U.S.-Colombia trade agreement.

     

    ITC SealInternational Trade Commission Report

    Section 2104(f)(2) of the Trade Act requires that the International Trade Commission (ITC) prepare a report assessing the likely effects of the U.S.-Colombia TPA on the U.S. economy as a whole and on specific industry sectors, and section 2104(f)(3) requires that the Commission, in preparing its assessment, review available economic assessments regarding the agreement. Read the full ITC report.

    Support for the U.S.-Colombia Trade Agreement

    Statements of support for the U.S.-Colombia Trade Agreement from various elected officials, the business community, and advocacy groups can be found below.

     

    Visit Your Government Trade Partners

    Visit USTR's partners across the federal government to learn more about their part in the trade agreement.

    Department of Agriculture Seal     Department of Agriculture

    Commerce Seal     Commerce Department

    Labor Department Seal     Department of Labor

    OMB Seal     Office of Management and Budget

    Export Import Bank Seal      Export-Import Bank

    SBA Seal      Small Business Administration

    OPIC Seal      Overseas Private Investment Corp.

    USTDA Seal      Trade and Development Agency

    State Department Seal      State Department

    Environment In The U.S.-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement

    Trade Agreement Home  •  Key Facts  •  Labor Action Plan  •  Your Community

    PlantThe Environment Chapter of the U.S.-Colombia Trade Promotion 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 Colombian 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.

    KEY ELEMENTS

    • The Agreement’s environmental commitments require both countries not only to maintain current levels of environmental protection at home, but to strive for higher environmental standards. Both the United States and Colombia commit not to weaken existing environmental laws or to reduce environmental protections in any way that will give domestic producers an advantage over the other country’s exporters – and both governments commit to effective enforcement of environmental laws. The United States and Colombia further commit to strive to continue to improve levels of environmental protection, to be accomplished, for example, through actions such as the adoption and promotion of new green technologies being developed in the United States, a priority for the Obama Administration.

    • The United States and Colombia are already parties to seven international environmental agreements that seek to: protect threatened and endangered species, protect the ozone layer, conserve wetlands, conserve fisheries, and protect whales. The U.S.-Colombia TPA requires both countries to live up to the commitments made in these environment agreements, and sets up a formal dispute settlement process within the Agreement that makes each Party answerable to the other if either fails to meet these commitments.

    • The landmark bipartisan May 10, 2007, accord raising environmental standards in American trade agreements benefited greatly from the input of American environmental groups. The Colombia Agreement ensures that the public can continue to provide vital perspective on whether the Agreement’s environmental commitments are being met, and how practices can be improved as the Agreement is implemented. Both the United States and Colombia will set up a formal mechanism for interested stakeholders to submit their views on implementation of the Agreement’s Environment Chapter. The Agreement also provides for a public submissions process through an independent secretariat for environmental enforcement matters to ensure that views of civil society are appropriately considered.

    • The Agreement specifically recognizes the priority placed on protecting and conserving Colombia’s rich biological diversity.

    • The Agreement establishes an Environmental Affairs Council of senior-level officials to oversee implementation of the environment chapter, and this Council will be required to involve the public in its work.