Andean Trade Preference Act: A Comparison of House and Senate Versions of H.R. 3009 [June 12, 2002] [open pdf - 51KB]
"In 1991, the 102nd Congress passed the Andean Trade Preference Act (ATPA), which provided for preferential treatment of selected U.S. imports from Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru as part of an incentive system to encourage legal trade as an alternative to illicit drug production. ATPA expired in December 2001 and reauthorization legislation is being considered in the 107th Congress. This report compares two versions of H.R. [House of Representatives] 3009, the 'Andean Trade Promotion and Drug Eradication Act,' passed by the House on November 14, 2001, and the 'Andean Trade Preference Expansion Act, Title XXXI of the Trade Act of 2002,' passed by the Senate on May 23, 2002. The bills would amend the preferential tariff treatment accorded ATPA beneficiary countries. Congressional findings in both bills support the overall ATPA program, and in general, the two bills also agree on expanding duty-free treatment to previously excepted articles, increasing the requirements to qualify as a beneficiary country, and enhancing customs procedures to make them essentially equivalent to those in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)."
CRS Report for Congress, RL31450
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