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04 May 2012

International Egg and Poultry Review: ColombiaInternational Egg and Poultry Review: Colombia

The United States (U.S.)-Columbia Trade Promotion Agreement will take effect May 15, 2012 since both countries have now exchanged letters confirming they had completed applicable legal requirements and procedures. The U.S.-Columbia Trade Promotion Agreement implementing bill was approved on October 12, 2011.
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Currently, poultry meat ranks highest in per-capita consumption for Columbia when compared to beef and pork meat. Throughout the negotiating process Columbia had been seeking lenient agriculture positions resulting in the U.S. agreeing to give the most sensitive sectors longer tariff phase out periods and poultry is one of these.

Columbia currently places a 20% import duty on U.S. chicken leg quarters. When the agreement is implemented Columbia will provide the U.S. an immediate duty-free 27,040 metric ton (MT) tariff-rate quota (TRQ) that increases 4% annually. The 164.4% over-quota tariff for fresh, chilled and frozen leg quarters and the 70% over quota tariff for processed leg quarters will be phased out over 18 years with no reduction happening the first 6 years of the agreement. Columbia will also have access to a safeguard on chicken leg quarters in case of an annual import surge during the 18 year tariff phase-out period.

Columbia will provide a 412 MT spent fowl TRQ. The TRQ will increase 3% annually and the 45% over-quota tariff will phase out over 18 years. Spent fowl will also have access to an annual import surge safeguard during the phase-out period. Also, duties on eggs for consumption will phase out over 10 years, tariffs on turkey products over 5 years, and immediately on poultry products such as breast meat and wings.

Sources: Office of the U.S. Trade Representative; USDA, Foreign Agricultural Service, March 15, 2012 Columbia Grain and Feed Annual; USDA, Foreign Agricultural Service, U.S.-Columbia Trade Promotion Agreement Benefits for Agriculture; ThePoultrySite

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