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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

    Government Procurement in the U.S.-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement

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

    Cash RegisterGovernment procurement typically represents 10 to 15 percent of a country’s Gross Domestic Product. Trade agreements that open foreign government procurement markets provide significant export opportunities for U.S. companies and American workers. When U.S. companies are able to sell into those foreign government procurement markets, they can boost exports and support better, higher-paying U.S. jobs.

    The U.S.-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement’s Government Procurement Chapter provides significant opportunities for U.S. companies to supply their goods and services to the Colombian government with strong procedures that apply to the conduct of the procurement. At the same time, the Agreement’s government procurement rules ensure that certain American business sectors – such as small businesses or textile companies bidding on Department of Defense procurement – continue to receive the same protections they have in other agreements, and also ensure that American environmental and labor safeguards will be maintained.

    KEY ELEMENTS

    • The Agreement’s government procurement obligations will open Colombia’s government procurement market to U.S. firms, creating significant new opportunities for exporters, and ensure that U.S. firms will get to bid on contracts on a level playing field with Colombian firms.

    • The Agreement grants U.S. firms rights to non-discriminatory treatment in bidding on the procurement of a broad range of Colombian government ministries, regional governments, and state-owned enterprises.

    • The Agreement provides U.S. suppliers with access to extensive opportunities to participate in procurement in all three branches of Colombia’s central government – executive, legislative, and judicial. It also gives U.S. firms access to the procurement of sub-central entities and government enterprises.

    • The Agreement covers the purchases of 28 key Colombian central government agencies, including ministries and departments and the Colombian Senate (Senado de la República) and House of Representatives (Cámara de Representantes). For all Colombian central government agencies covered under the agreement, American contractors will be able to bid on procurements of goods and services valued at $64,786 and above and procurement of construction services valued at $7,407,000. (The thresholds are subject to adjustment every two years on January 1, with the next adjustment set for January 1, 2012.)

    • The Agreement also applies to the purchases of Colombia’s first tier of sub-central entities -- 32 “Gobernaciones” (comparable to U.S. states) where the procurement is above specified thresholds: $526,000 or more for goods and services and $7,407,000 for construction services.

    • The Agreement also covers important state-owned enterprises, including ECOPETROL (national oil company), ISS (healthcare provider), and ADPOSTAL (postal service).

    • The Agreement sets thresholds for these enterprises at either $250,000 or $593,000 for goods and services, and $7,407,000 for construction services.

    • In addition, the Agreement requires certain Colombian telecommunications and electric utilities that would not otherwise be covered by the Agreement to comply with the national treatment obligations in making purchases.

    • The Agreement preserves the U.S. right to set aside contracts for U.S. small and minority businesses. The Agreement also does not give Colombian firms the right to bid on textile purchases by the Department of Defense.

    • The Agreement clarifies that build-operate-transfer contracts (BOTs) are within the scope of its government procurement obligations. BOTs act as financing vehicles for large-scale construction projects and the building or rehabilitation of public work facilities.

    • The Agreement encourages Colombia to adopt the latest and best emerging practices in government procurement, such as the use of electronic procurement tools, which will help U.S. small businesses – and all U.S. firms – more easily participate in government procurement in Colombia.

    • The Government Procurement Chapter of the Agreement requires the use of transparent, predictable, and fair procedures in conducting the procurement covered by the Agreement. Each Party must publish its laws, regulations, and other measures governing procurement, along with any changes to those measures. The Chapter sets out basic requirements for each step of the procurement process. These include that procuring entities must publish notices of procurement opportunities in advance and provide effective bid review procedures.

    • The Agreement clarifies that U.S. Government agencies can include provisions in their procurements to promote environmental protection.

    • The Agreement also clarifies that requirements can be inserted into government contracts requiring suppliers to comply with generally applicable laws regarding principles and rights in the country where the good is produced or the service is performed. These include freedom of association, collective bargaining, elimination of all forms of compulsory or forced labor, effective abolition of child labor and a prohibition on the worst forms of child labor, and elimination of employment and occupation discrimination based on gender, race, or other factors.

    • The Agreement includes strong anti-corruption provisions that ensure integrity in government procurement. Each Party must maintain procedures to declare suppliers that have engaged in fraudulent or other illegal actions in relation to procurement ineligible for participation in the Party’s procurement.