September 30, 2010
News Release 10-109
Inv. No. 332-352
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819

ATPA'S IMPACT ON U.S. ECONOMY, DRUG CROP ERADICATION STILL NEGLIGIBLE, SAYS USITC

Andean Trade Preference Act (ATPA) imports during 2009 continued to have a negligible overall effect on the U.S. economy and consumers, reports the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) in its study Andean Trade Preference Act: Impact on U.S. Industries and Consumers and on Drug Crop Eradication and Crop Substitution, Fourteenth Report, 2009.

ATPA continued to have a small but indirect effect in reducing illicit coca cultivation and promoting crop substitution efforts in the Andean countries in 2009, the agency reported.

The USITC, an independent, nonpartisan, factfinding federal agency, recently issued its 14th report in a series monitoring imports under ATPA and the impact of ATPA on drug crop eradication and crop substitution. The ATPA program affords preferential tariff treatment to most products of Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru.

Since the 13th report, two major changes have had an impact on the ATPA: Bolivia was suspended from ATPA eligibility as of December 15, 2008, and the U.S.-Peru Trade Promotion Agreement (TPA) entered into force on February 1, 2009. Peru retained its ATPA eligibility after the TPA entered into force.

Highlights of the report, which focuses on calendar year 2009, follow:

Andean Trade Preference Act: Impact on U.S. Industries and Consumers and on Drug Crop Eradication and Crop Substitution, Fourteenth Report, 2009 (Inv. No. 332-352, USITC Publication No. 4188, September 2010) will be available on the USITC's Internet site at www.usitc.gov/publications/332/pub4188.pdf. The publication will also be available at federal depository libraries in the United States. A CD-ROM or printed copy of the report may be requested by emailing pubrequest@usitc.gov, calling 202-205-2000, or writing to the Office of the Secretary, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20436. Requests may also be faxed to 202-205-2104.

USITC general factfinding investigations, such as this one, cover matters related to tariffs or trade and are generally conducted at the request of the U.S. Trade Representative, the House Committee on Ways and Means, or the Senate Committee on Finance. The resulting reports convey the Commission's objective findings and independent analyses on the subjects investigated. The Commission makes no recommendations on policy or other matters in its general factfinding reports. Upon completion of each investigation, the USITC submits its findings and analyses to the requester. General factfinding investigation reports are subsequently released to the public unless they are classified by the requester for national security reasons.

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