President Bush Sends Colombia FTA to CongressWednesday, April 9, 2008
(American Meat Institute)
President Bush this week made use of his authority to “fast track” legislation through Congress, signing a letter that will trigger a procedure whereby the U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement (FTA) must be considered within 90 legislative days.
The Administration has been trying for the past 16 months to get a commitment from Congressional leaders to schedule a vote.
Under the agreement, high-quality U.S. beef exports to Colombia will receive immediate duty-free treatment as will cotton, wheat, soybeans, soybean meal; key fruits and vegetables including apples, pears, peaches, and cherries; and many processed food products including frozen French fries and cookies.
Beef and pork will also benefit from improved market access. The United States and Colombia have worked to resolve sanitary and phytosanitary barriers to agricultural trade, including food safety inspection procedures for beef, pork, and poultry. The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is recognized as the certifying authority for U.S. meat and poultry plants and provides for the concept of equivalency in meat inspection.
AMI is urging Congress to pass this FTA as it will be a benefit to U.S. farmers and ranches in providing greater market access for our agricultural products.share on facebook share on twitter