Us Colombia Free Trade Agreement Form
Environmental protection obligations: Both sides have also committed to effectively enforcing their national environmental legislation and to enact, maintain and implement laws, regulations and other measures to meet their obligations under the multilateral environmental agreements covered. All environmental chapter obligations are subject to the same dispute resolution procedures and enforcement mechanisms as the commercial obligations of the APA. Labour rights protection obligations: the TPA obliges the two contracting parties to adopt and maintain in their laws the five fundamental labour rights contained in the 1998 ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and the Right to Work. Both parties are also obliged – and should not repeal – to effectively enforce labour legislation with regard to fundamental labour rights. All labour chapter obligations are subject to the same dispute resolution procedures and enforcement mechanisms as the VPA`s trade obligations. In addition, the governments of the United States and Colombia have also agreed to take concrete steps to address long-standing problems of mutual concerns, including violence against Colombian union members and insufficient efforts to bring perpetrators to justice and inadequate protection of workers` rights. Since then, Colombia has made significant progress in strengthening protection of workers` rights, hiring hundreds of new labour inspectors to expand enforcement of labour laws, recruit and train police and law enforcement to focus on cases of violence against trade unionists and take enforcement action to combat abusive third-party contracts. , including the assessment of large fines against offenders. At the same time, much remains to be done in terms of collecting fines, prosecuting cases of labour homicide and combating abusive forms of contracting. The Trump administration is working closely with the Colombian government to address these issues. The U.S.-Colombia Trade Agreement (TPA) came into force on May 15, 2012. Like most U.S. free trade agreements, with the exception of NAFTA, the onus is on the importer for the use of preferential treatment.