Columbia FTA Effective on May 15

P. Scott Shearer, Vice President

April 20, 2012

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Columbia FTA Effective on May 15


President Barack Obama announced that the U.S.-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement will take effect on May 15.  On that day, over half of exports of U.S. agricultural commodities, including bacon, high-quality beef, wheat, barley, soybeans and almost all fruit and vegetable products will become duty free.  

The agreement also provides for duty-free tariff rate quotas into Colombia on animal feeds, regular quality beef, chicken leg quarters, dairy products, corn, sorghum, rice and soybean oil.  In 2011, the U.S. exports to Colombia were $14.3 billion.

About the Author(s)

P. Scott Shearer

Vice President, Bockorny Group, Inc.

Scott Shearer is vice president of the Bockorny Group Inc., a leading bipartisan government affairs consulting firm in Washington, D.C. With more than 30 years experience in government and corporate relations in state and national arenas, he is recognized as a leader in agricultural trade issues, having served as co-chairman of the Agricultural Coalition for U.S.-China Trade and co-chairman of the Agricultural Coalition for Trade Promotion Authority. Scott was instrumental in the passage of China Permanent Normal Trade Relations and TPA. He is past chairman of the USDA-USTR Agricultural Technical Advisory Committee for Trade in Animals and Animal Products and was a member of the USAID Food Security Advisory Committee. Prior to joining the Bockorny Group, Scott served as director of national relations for Farmland Industries Inc., as well as USDA’s Deputy Assistant Secretary for Congressional Affairs (1993-96), serving as liaison for the Secretary of Agriculture and the USDA to Congress.

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