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About the FTA

The Colombia- U.S. FTA promotes trade in goods About the FTA
The Free Trade Agreement between United States and Colombia brings numerous benefits for both countries. It will open new doors for more business and comercial oportunities that will boost their economies and will translate into the reduction of unemployment and poverty rates of these nations.

 

Key facts:

  • The Colombia- U.S. FTA promotes trade in goods by eliminating tariff barriers, and by promoting the harmonization of technical regulations between both parties. As a result, FTA supports economic growth in both countries.
  • The FTA supports American jobs and improves American competitiveness since many American businesses use imports under this program as inputs to manufacture goods in the United States.
  • It is expected that the agreement will be effective in the second half of 2012, once Colombia accomplish all the agreement laws, regulations and policies.  USTR is helping to accomplish these requirements as quickly as possible.
  • Colombia’s government is ensuring labor laws by promoting more protection rights for workers, to please and accomplish the strategic goals of the bilateral Labor Action Plan.
  • The USTR General Counsel, Tim Reif said that the FTA with Colombia is "well on the road" and is likely to be the next FTA to see implementation -GBD event on the pending FTAs.
  • United States Trade Representative Ron Kirk said “USTR has already started the work necessary to bring these agreements into force as soon as possible”- September 2011
  • Colombia asked assistance in its labor to upgrade its workers rights from both the International Labor Organization and U.S. government.; Mr. Kirk said:“It feels like they are absolutely meeting both the letter and spirit of what we asked them to do

 

Colombian products with 0% tariff: 

  • 99% of Colombian qualifying industrial and textile goods will become duty free upon the implementation of the FTA.
  • 89% of Colombian agricultural goods will become duty free upon implementation of the FTA
  • Duties on many other tariff lines will be phased out over a period of up to 15 years, with some agricultural tariff rate quotas. While Colombia is expected to fill its new sugar TRQ, the FTA is likely to have a minor effect on U.S. imports and production of sugar and sugar containing products.

 

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