September 28, 2012
News Release 12-102
Inv. No. 332-352
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819

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

Program Continues to Have a Small but Indirect Effect on Drug Crop Eradication

Andean Trade Preference Act (ATPA) imports during 2011 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, Fifteenth Report, 2011.

The agency also noted that the ATPA continued to have a small but indirect effect in reducing illicit coca cultivation and promoting crop substitution efforts in the Andean countries in 2011.

The USITC, an independent, nonpartisan, factfinding federal agency, recently issued its 15th report in a series monitoring imports under the ATPA and the impact of the ATPA on drug crop eradication and crop substitution. In 2011, the ATPA program afforded preferential tariff treatment to most products of Colombia and Ecuador. After May 15, 2012, when the U.S.-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement entered in to force, Ecuador became the only ATPA beneficiary country.

Since the 14th report, two major changes have had an impact on the ATPA: Peru lost its ATPA eligibility at the beginning of 2011, and imports under ATPA in 2011 were significantly lower because of a lapse in the program. Highlights of the report, which focuses on calendar year 2011, follow:

Andean Trade Preference Act: Impact on U.S. Industries and Consumers and on Drug Crop Eradication and Crop Substitution, Fifteenth Report, 2011 (Inv. No. 332-352, USITC Publication No. 4352, September 2012) is on the USITC's Internet site at www.usitc.gov/publications/332/pub4352.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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