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U.S.-Peru FTA News

(Daily News)
April 23, 2018

The Labor Department on Friday issued a second review -- originally expected in June -- of Peru's progress in bringing its labor commitments into compliance with the U.S.-Peru Trade Promotion Agreement, calling on Lima to take additional actions.

(In Trade)
February 26, 2018

The goal is to “help ensure that Peruvian timber is legally harvested and violators are held accountable,” USTR said.

(Daily News)
October 23, 2017

In response to last week's U.S. action to block timber imports from a Peruvian logging company, the Peruvian government said it is committed to collaborative efforts to build a “robust forest system,” which Peru argues takes time to develop.

(In Trade)
October 20, 2017

“There has been no communication regarding progress, leaving petitioning organizations and stakeholders with concerns about U.S. commitment to enforcing labor obligations in trade agreements.”

(Daily News)
October 19, 2017

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, in what he called an “unprecedented enforcement action,” today directed Customs and Border Protection to block timber imports from a Peruvian exporter the U.S. says engaged in illegal harvesting practices.

(Daily News)
October 13, 2017

Top Democrats on the Senate Finance and House Ways & Means committees this week lamented what they view as a lack of response from the Labor Department on its assessment of any progress made by Colombia in an ongoing labor dispute under the U.S.-Colombia free trade agreement.

(Daily News)
August 01, 2017

On the heels of a U.S. fact-finding trip to Peru, four of that country's largest unions plan to ask the U.S. Labor Department for a public update on its evaluation of the Peruvian government's progress in an ongoing labor dispute under the U.S.-Peru free trade agreement.

(In Trade)
May 09, 2017

“Remember that NAFTA was opposed by Democrats because of its lack of labor and environmental standards. We were right.”

(In Trade)
February 09, 2017

Sen. Murray: Puzder will have “a lot of explaining to do.”

(Daily News)
January 05, 2017

Business and labor sources alike are suggesting that Labor Secretary-designate Andy Puzder and the incoming Trump administration will pursue three pending labor disputes in free trade agreements with Latin American countries, saying that following through on Obama administration efforts in the cases meshes with candidate Donald Trump's calls for holding trading partners accountable.

(Daily News)
December 19, 2016

The U.S. Department of Labor has extended by six months a review of Peru's progress in meeting labor commitments under the U.S.-Peru free trade agreement, saying that despite some progress over the past nine months of dialogue, multiple areas of concern still need to be addressed.

(Daily News)
December 09, 2016

With a U.S. Department of Labor deadline approaching, discussions are intensifying around a possible Peruvian presidential decree that would be aimed at resolving issues raised in a labor complaint under the U.S.-Peru free trade agreement -- while labor groups in the South American country are escalating a protest campaign to pressure the government.

(Daily News)
November 16, 2016

The United States and Peru are reporting progress in efforts to address ongoing environmental protection issues in the U.S.-Peru free trade agreement, declaring their intention to redouble joint efforts to combat illegal logging after the Environmental Affairs Council created under the FTA held its first session since Peruvian President Pablo Kuczynski took office.

(In Trade)
November 15, 2016

Froman: “I am encouraged by the concrete actions announced by the Peruvian government.”

(Daily News)
November 01, 2016

Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez will visit Peru Nov. 9-11 to discuss issues including the labor complaint filed by the International Labor Rights Forum and Peruvian groups alleging noncompliance with provisions in the bilateral U.S.-Peru free trade agreement.

(Daily News)
August 24, 2016

Labor rights and business groups are waiting to see how the Peruvian government will address labor reforms after newly elected President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski's administration indicated it prefers to seek broader changes instead of focusing solely on compliance issues with the U.S.-Peru free trade agreement.

(Daily News)
August 22, 2016

Two major environmental groups say a U.S. investigation that found significant portions of a Peruvian timber shipment were illegally harvested from the Amazon rainforest is a good first step to ensure compliance with the U.S.-Peru free trade agreement, but they want Peru to show it has the political will to crack down on the illegal timber trade.