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Latest United States – Peru Trade Promotion Agreement Stories

2006-08-15 13:10:50

By Doug Palmer WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former Peruvian President Alejandro Toledo urged U.S. lawmakers on Tuesday to support a trade pact with his country, saying Democratic party concerns about weak labor protections were misplaced. Democrats have expressed concern that the agreement failed to guarantee basic rights like freedom to associate and collective bargaining, the elimination of forced labor, the abolition of child labor and the elimination of discrimination in the...

2006-07-27 14:53:34

By Doug Palmer WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Senate Finance Committee voted unanimously on Thursday to require Peru to fully reopen its market to U.S. beef before a trade pact between the two countries would take effect. Peru, like many other countries, shut down beef trade from the United States more than two years ago after a case of mad cow disease was found in Washington state. Lima has taken some steps to resume beef trade, but continues to "arbitrarily block U.S. beef products...

2006-07-25 12:25:34

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Senate Finance Committee granted U.S. business groups two wishes on Tuesday by announcing plans to begin work on Vietnam and Peru trade bills later this week. Business groups have been worried the trade bills could fall victim to the tight legislative schedule ahead of the U.S. congressional elections in November. The collapse of world trade talks in Geneva on Monday also has intensified interest in showing the rest of the world the United States has other...

2006-06-21 17:02:53

By Doug Palmer WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. business groups hope to persuade congressional leaders to schedule votes on trade agreements with Oman, Peru and Vietnam as quickly as possible, a lobbyist said on Wednesday. "There's going to be a letter from the business community at large going up to the Hill later this week pushing the whole trade agenda," said Christopher Wenk, trade policy director for the National Association of Manufacturers. House of Representatives Majority Leader...

2006-04-12 12:59:35

By Doug Palmer WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States and Peru signed a free trade agreement on Wednesday, setting the stage for a potentially tough fight in Congress unless the Bush administration offers Democrats stronger assurances that Lima will abide by international labor standards. "This agreement with Peru is instrumental in our strategy to advance prosperity within our hemisphere," U.S. Trade Representative Rob Portman said in a statement. "We look forward to continuing...

2006-04-03 18:38:15

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is pressing Peru to remove technical barriers to U.S. agricultural products concerning food safety before the two countries sign a bilateral free trade deal, a senior U.S. lawmaker said on Monday. House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Bill Thomas, a California Republican, said he hoped the issue could be resolved in time for the pact to be signed this week. The Bush administration gave Congress 90-day notice in early January that it...

2006-03-17 23:07:50

By Doug Palmer WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. labor groups, which have been unable to block any free-trade agreement since President George W. Bush took office five years ago, still hope to defeat pacts this year with Oman, Peru and Colombia. "We think we have a real shot at it," said Thea Lee, policy director for the AFL-CIO said on Friday. "We are planning a major battle." A lot of things have changed since 2005, when the House of Representatives narrowly approved the U.S.-Central...

2006-02-22 18:01:33

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States and Colombia are close to a free trade agreement after nearly two years of talks and a push last week by Colombian President Alvaro Uribe, a top U.S. trade official said on Wednesday. "We believe we are very close to finalizing an agreement," U.S. Trade Representative Rob Portman told reporters. "I am hopeful we can finalize and agreement and move (pacts with) Peru, Colombia and Ecuador together" through the congressional approval process, he...

2006-01-05 19:43:43

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Bush administration could sign a free trade agreement with Peru before it finishes negotiations on companion pacts with Colombia and Ecuador, a U.S. trade official said on Thursday. "We're working on finalizing ... the next step, which is to notify Congress on the intent to sign the (Peru) agreement within 90 days," said Christin Baker, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Trade Representative's office. The United States and Peru reached a free trade agreement in...

2005-12-07 16:16:20

By Doug Palmer WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States and Peru have reached a free trade agreement, following an all-night negotiating session that capped 18 months of talks, a U.S. trade official said on Wednesday. No immediate details were available on the terms of the pact, which is intended to tear down trade barriers between the two countries and expand economic ties. However, the U.S. Trade Representative's office was expected to make a formal announcement later on...


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