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February 4, 2014:
USTR Director for Environment and Natural Resources Sarah Stewart Participates in Inaugural Environment Meetings with the Government of Panama

 

October 23, 2012:

Blog Post: U.S. and Panama Set Date for Entry-Into-Force of the U.S.-Panama Trade Promotion Agreement

 

 

October 22, 2012:
United States, Panama Set Date for Entry into Force of United States-Panama Trade Promotion Agreement 

 

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 – Panama 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

  • September 2011

    United States - Panama Trade Promotion Agreement: Final Environmental Review


    August 3,2011
    Kirk Comment on Pending Trade Agreements, Trade Adjustment Assistance

     

     

    July 7, 2011
    USTR Kirk Comments Following Trade Markups In Senate Finance, House Ways and Means Committees

     

    July 5, 2011
    Statement from USTR Kirk Regarding Announcement of House Ways & Means Committee Markup

     

    June 30, 2011
    Ambassador Kirk Statement Regarding the Planned Informal Markup in The Senate Finance Committee

     

    June 29, 2011:
    INFO: Links on Pending Trade Agreements, TAA, Preference Programs

     

    June 28, 2011:
    U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk Welcomes Next Steps on Pending Trade Pacts, Trade Adjustment Assistance

     

    May 11, 2011
    Testimony of Deputy United States Trade Representative Miriam Sapiro Before the Senate Finance Committee

     

    April 18, 2011
    Ambassador Ron Kirk Announces Next Step for U.S.-Panama Trade Promotion Agreement

    Important U.S.-Panama Links


    Port of MiamiBenefits for Your Industry: USTR Fact Sheets

    Panama is one of the fastest growing economies in Latin America, expanding 6.2 percent in 2010, with similar annual growth forecast through 2015. This comprehensive Agreement will eliminate tariffs and other barriers to U.S. exports, promote economic growth, and expand trade between our two countries.  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

    Panama is an important market for America’s farmers and ranchers. In 2010, the United States exported over $450 million of agricultural products to Panama, more than double U.S. agricultural exports to Panama in 2005. Top U.S. exports were corn, soybean cake and meal, wheat, rice, and horticultural products. 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 87 percent of U.S. exports of consumer and industrial products to Panama will become duty-free immediately, with remaining tariffs phased out over ten years. U.S. products that will gain immediate duty-free access include information technology equipment, agricultural and construction equipment, aircraft and parts, medical and scientific equipment, environmental products, pharmaceuticals, fertilizers, and agro-chemicals. 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.-Panama 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.

    Support for the U.S.-Panama Trade Agreement

    Statements of support for the U.S.-Panama 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

    Services in the U.S.-Panama Trade Promotion Agreement

    Trade Agreement Home  •  Key Facts  •  Your Community

    SatteliteThe United States is highly competitive in services trade, providing information and communications technology services, wholesale and retail distribution, express delivery services, energy and environmental services, professional services (such as legal, accounting, architecture, and engineering services), financial services, and other services to customers all over the world. As a result, the United States consistently exports more services than we import every year – despite widespread trade barriers abroad. Having few import barriers itself, the United States benefits greatly from striking trade agreements that lock in comparable levels of market access and fairness in other markets.

    Panama has a large and growing services market. Services account for roughly 79 percent of Panama’s $31 billion economy. Leading sectors include banking and insurance, health care, logistics and transportation services.

    KEY ELEMENTS:

    • The Agreement requires Panama to match the level of openness provided by the United States in a host of sectors, ranging from energy and environmental services to financial services and distribution. Panama agreed to exceed commitments made in the WTO, lift restrictions on investment in retail trade, ensure access to contracts related to the Panama Canal, and provide new access in professional services that previously had been reserved exclusively to Panamanian nationals. The Agreement also guarantees continued access for international and domestic express delivery services.

    • The Agreement’s provisions on cross-border services, telecommunications, and electronic commerce offer particular benefits to the information and communications technology service sector – an area where the United States excels – by working together to ease the flow of trade in services and products delivered over telecommunications networks. These provisions benefit the many U.S. small- and medium-sized enterprises that are on the forefront of innovation, but do not have the resources to establish an office in every market they serve.

    • The Agreement provides U.S. service suppliers the right to compete with Panamanian services providers on a level playing field by prohibiting discriminatory treatment of U.S. suppliers. As with all U.S. trade agreements, the Agreement also respects the right of both the U.S. and Panamanian governments to regulate and introduce new regulations, with protections for situations where regulators may need to take actions to protect key domestic interests such as financial stability or the environment, or to comply with other key domestic laws.

    • The Agreement provides comprehensive coverage of Panama’s services market, addresses all modes of supply – whether services are delivered cross-border or through a direct commercial presence in Panama – and will apply to new and innovative services that may develop as markets evolve. Any current limitations on market access in services are clearly defined, which provides legal certainty for U.S. firms seeking to supply services to the Panamanian market.