The U.S.-Colombia Trade Agreement (TPA) came into force on May 15, 2012. The TPA is a comprehensive free trade agreement that eliminates tariffs and removes barriers to U.S. services, including financial services. It also includes important disciplines in the areas of customs management and trade facilitation, technical barriers to trade, public procurement, investment, telecommunications, e-commerce, intellectual property rights, labour protection and the environment. The International Trade Commission (ITC) estimates that tariff reductions in the TPA, if fully implemented, will increase exports of U.S. products alone by more than $1.1 billion and support thousands of additional U.S. jobs. The ITC also predicted that the TPA would increase U.S. GDP by $2.5 billion if fully implemented. Free-form certification of Colombian and U.S. importers can be used as an alternative to the original certification model when they claim that their products comply with Colombian TPA requirements. On October 12, 2011, the U.S. Congress approved the Colombian United States.
Free trade agreement. On October 21, 2011, the President of the United States signed an agreement on the implementation of the agreement. On April 10, 2012, the Colombian Congress passed the laws of application of the TPA between the United States and Colombia. The U.S.-Colombia trade agreement came into force on May 15, 2012. The trade agreement with Colombia (COTPA) came into force on 15 May 2012. Most Colombian products currently arrive in the United States duty-free and the Goods Processing Tax (MPF) and virtually all will enter free of charge until COTPA is fully implemented in 2028. Information for U.S. exporters is available at the Commerce Department`s address: 2016.export.gov/FTA/index.asp aspects of the copyright agreement should be transposed into The 2012 Colombia Bill No. 201.  Environmental protection commitments: both parties also committed to effectively enforcing their own national environmental laws and to enact, maintain and implement laws, regulations and other measures that would apply to covered multilateral environmental agreements. All environmental chapter obligations are subject to the same dispute resolution procedures and enforcement mechanisms as the commercial obligations of the APA.
President Obama asked the U.S. Trade Representative`s office to address the outstanding issues of the agreement;  However, during a visit by Colombian President Uribe in June 2009, Obama said he did not have a “strict timetable” for the agreement, as the controversy over the security of Colombian leaders persists.  United States