Us Trade Agreement With Colombia

U.S. agricultural exports benefiting from the agreement include beef and pork products, wheat, corn, soybeans and cotton. [6] The agreement would provide immediate duty-free access to export categories that are most important to the U.S. beef industry, such as the USDA Prime and beef choice reductions. [6] All other tariffs on beef would be abolished and the final duties abolished within 15 years. [6] Colombian tariffs on pork products between 20 and 30% would expire at zero within 5 to 15 years. [6] The U.S. International Trade Commission estimates that the fully implemented agreement would increase U.S. beef exports to Colombia by 46 percent and pork exports by 72 percent.

[6] Colombian tariffs of 5 to 20 per cent on wheat and soybeans would be immediately abolished; with a 25% corn tariff that must be sold on 12-year-old maize. [6] The agreement would immediately eliminate the 10 percent of inches on U.S. cotton after the demactment[6] If you want to find tariff information on certain products, please go to the FTA tariff tool. This search engine was designed to display rates and how they are eliminated as part of the TPA. It also contains mini-reports by sector or product, indicating how they are treated under the recently concluded TPPs. This tool also creates information on trade and customs profiles on all U.S. TPPs. The reconciliation prototype is another method of submitting current CST applications. As a standard 19 USC 1520 (d) duties must be made within one year of importation and all requirements and responsibilities of the preferential program remain in effect.

Labour rights protection obligations: the TPA obliges the two contracting parties to adopt and maintain in their laws the five fundamental labour rights contained in the 1998 ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and the Right to Work. Both parties are also obliged – and should not repeal – to effectively enforce labour legislation with regard to fundamental labour rights. All labour chapter obligations are subject to the same dispute resolution procedures and enforcement mechanisms as the VPA`s trade obligations. In addition, the governments of the United States and Colombia have also agreed to take concrete steps to address long-standing problems of mutual concerns, including violence against Colombian union members and insufficient efforts to bring perpetrators to justice and inadequate protection of workers` rights. Since then, Colombia has made significant progress in strengthening protection of workers` rights, hiring hundreds of new labour inspectors to expand enforcement of labour laws, recruit and train police and law enforcement to focus on cases of violence against trade unionists and take enforcement action to combat abusive third-party contracts. , including the assessment of large fines against offenders. At the same time, much remains to be done in terms of collecting fines, prosecuting cases of labour homicide and combating abusive forms of contracting. The Trump administration is working closely with the Colombian government to address these issues.

In the first ten months of Mr. Santos`s government in Colombia, 104 workers and human rights defenders were murdered. One category of human rights violations involves the killing of more than 50 Chiefs of Legal Left workers by paramilitaries and death squads, and there have sometimes been accusations of involvement of multinational corporations. In some cases, this has resulted in damaging public charges and even legal proceedings for several U.S. and Canadian multinationals (including Dole, Coca-Cola, Drummond Coal and Chiquita, formerly a united Fruit Company).

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