Nonreciprocal Preferential Arrangements:  Andean Trade Preference Act (ATPA)
 
  Background and Key Documents
    The Andean Trade Preference Act (ATPA), is a program in which the United States grants duty-free entry of merchandise to  Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru.  The ATPA was enacted into law on 4 December 1991. The objective of the ATPA is to combat drug production and trafficking by offering trade benefits to help countries diversify and strengthen legitimate industries.

Under the 2002 Trade Act, the ATPA, which was scheduled to expire on 4 December 2001, was expanded through the Andean Trade Promotion and Drug Eradication Act (ATPDEA) which was signed into law on 6 August 2002 and became Public Law 107-210.  As per Section 208 of the legislation, the preferences are to be in effect until 31 December 2006. On 20 December 2006, the ATPA was extended for six months for all four Andean Countries until 30 June 2007. The U.S. Congress extended the ATPA again for an additional eight months on February 2007. On 29 February 2008, the "Andean Trade Preference Extension Act of 2008" renewed the ATPA through 31 December 2008. On 16 October 2008 the U.S. President signed the Andean Trade Preference Act Extension (H.R. 7222) ensuring that preferential treatment will be in effect until December 31, 2009. The U.S. President signed a proclamation suspending the designation of Bolivia as a beneficiary country under the ATPA and ATPDEA on 25 November 2008.

Documents relating to the ATPA
26 November 2008 U.S. President signs proclamation suspending Bolivia as a beneficiary country PDF
16 October 2008 U.S. President signs H.R. 7222 extending Andean Trade Preference Act PDF
  H.R. 7222 "Extension of Andean Trade Preference Act"PDF
15 August 2008

H.R. 5264 "Andean Trade Preference Extension Act"PDF

29 February 2008

U.S. President signs H.R. 5264 "Andean Trade Preference Extension Act of 2008" PDF

02 July 2007

Eight-month extension of ATPA PDF

20 December 2006

Extension of the ATPAPDF

13 June 2006 Letter from presidents of Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru requesting extension of ATPDEASpanishPDF
31 October 2002 Proclamation 7616 to Implement the Andean Trade Promotion and Drug Eradication ActPDF
6 August 2002 Andean Trade Promotion and Drug Eradication Act (ATPDEA) (Division C of the Trade Act of 2002 )
6 August 2002 PDF version of Public Law 107-210, the Trade Act of 2002PDF
4 December 1991 Andean Trade Preference Act
Source: Office of the United States President, Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR); Official White House Website

  Related Articles and Studies
   
30 June 2012 USTR. Sixth Report to Congress on the Operation of the Andean Trade Preference Act as Amended PDF
30 June 2010 USTR. Fifth Report to Congress on the Operation of the Andean Trade Preference Act as Amended PDF 
December 2005 Ministerio de Comercio Exterior y Turismo de Peru (MINCETUR).  Resultados de la Ley de Promoción Comercial y Erradicación de la Droga ATPDEASpanishPDF
November 2005 U.S. Department of Labor. Trade and Employment Effects of the Andean Trade Preference ActPDF
September 2005 USITC. The Impact of the Andean Trade Preference Act. Eleventh Report 2004PDF
April 2005 USTR. Second Report to Congress on the Operation of the Andean Trade Preference Act, As AmendedPDF
September 2004 USITC. The Impact of the Andean Trade Preference Act. Tenth Report 2003PDF
September 2003 USITC. The Impact of the Andean Trade Preference Act. Ninth Report 2002PDF
April 2003 USTR. First Report to Congress on the Operation of the Andean Trade Preference Act, As AmendedPDF
2002 U.S. Department of Labor. Trade and Employment Effects of the Andean Trade Preference ActPDF
September 2002 USITC. The Impact of the Andean Trade Preference Act. Eighth Report 2001PDF
September 2002 USTR. Fact Sheet:New Andean Trade BenefitsPDF
February 2002 CRS Report for Congress.  The Andean Trade Preference Act: Background and Issues for ReauthorizationPDF
January 2001 USTR. Third Report to Congress on the Operation of the Andean Trade Preference ActPDF
2001 U.S. Department of Labor. 2001 Report to Congress on the Trade and Employment Effects of the Andean Trade Preference ActPDF
May 2001 GAO Report to Congressional Subcommittees. Impacts of the Andean Trade Preference Act on Asparagus Producers and ConsumersPDF
1999 U.S. Department of Labor. 1999 Report to Congress on the Trade and Employment Effects of the Andean Trade Preference ActPDF
January 2001 CRS Report to Congress.  The Andean Trade Preference Act: Background and Issues for ReauthorizationPDF
September 2000 USITC. The Impact of the Andean Trade Preference Act. Seventh Report 1999PDF
December 1998 U.S. Department of Labor. 1998 Report to Congress on the Trade and Employment Effects of the Andean Trade Preference ActPDF
September 1999 USITC. The Impact of the Andean Trade Preference Act. Sixth Report 1998PDF
December 1997 U.S. Department of Labor. 1997 Report to Congress on the Trade and Employment Effects of the Andean Trade Preference ActPDF
September 1998 USITC. The Impact of the Andean Trade Preference Act. Fifth Report 1997PDF
September 1997 USITC. The Impact of the Andean Trade Preference Act. Fourth Report 1996PDF
September 1996 USITC. The Impact of the Andean Trade Preference Act. Third Report 1995PDF
September 1995 USITC. The Impact of the Andean Trade Preference Act. Second Report 1994PDF
  Sources
   
 

Spanish version 
Recent Developments
   
 

30 June 2012. Sixth Report to the Congress on the Operation of the Andean Trade Preference Act as Amended New!


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