December 04,2007

Senate Endorses Peru FTA

Bill to open trade with Peru will benefit American farmers, ranchers, and manufacturers and raise labor and environmental standards

Washington, DC – Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) applauded the
Senate’s 77-18 passage today of the United States-Peru Trade Promotion Agreement
Implementation Act. The agreement, passed by the House on November 8, will open Peru’s
market to American exporters, including the nation’s wheat and beef producers. The Peru
agreement is also the first free trade agreement that incorporates the terms of the historic May 10 bipartisan trade deal which, among other things, requires the parties to implement and enforce five core international labor standards as well as seven core environmental treaties. The Senate Finance Committee has jurisdiction over U.S. trade policy.

“This agreement will benefit American farmers, ranchers, workers, and businesses, and will
strengthen our ties with one of the fastest-growing economies in Latin America. Helping
Peru integrate into the global economy will encourage prosperity, sustainability and
stability in a fast-changing part of the world,”
Baucus said. “I hope that the landmark labor
and environmental provisions will help to build confidence in America’s ability to strike
trade agreements that benefit workers and the environment in both countries. It’s also
time to restore American workers’ confidence in our overall trade policy by reauthorizing
and expanding the Trade Adjustment Assistance Program.”

The Peru agreement will level the playing field for American farmers, ranchers, and
manufacturers looking to export their products into Peru’s growing market. More than two-thirds
of farm exports from the United States will gain duty-free access to Peru immediately, for
example, with all remaining tariffs on such exports to be lifted within 17 years. Under U.S.
preference programs, ninety-eight percent of imports that enter the United States from Peru
currently receive duty-free treatment.

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