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U.S.-Peru FTA News

(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.

(Daily News)
August 17, 2016

Significant portions of a Peruvian timber shipment that entered the Port of Houston in 2015 were illegally harvested and those responsible were punished, but the U.S. government still wants a meeting with senior Peruvian officials to ensure illegal shipments are caught sooner, according to a report released Aug. 17.

(Daily News)
August 04, 2016

Peru's lingering compliance issues with labor provisions in its bilateral free trade agreement with the United States would have no effect on the implementation of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which has similar labor provisions. However, it could create political headaches for the Obama administration as it pursues a lame-duck vote on the TPP deal, sources told Inside U.S. Trade.

(Daily News)
July 28, 2016

Former Peruvian President Ollanta Humala's administration was unable to reach a compromise on a supreme decree addressing labor reforms meant to ensure compliance with the U.S.-Peru free trade agreement before his term ended this week, but the effort will continue under Humala's successor, labor sources told Inside U.S. Trade.

(Daily News)
July 27, 2016

It's unclear where incoming Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski stands on the need for labor law reforms in his country, an issue the U.S. Labor Department has given Peru until the end of the year to address to ensure compliance with an existing bilateral trade deal and subsequently, the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

(Daily News)
March 28, 2016

An Obama administration official last week defended a Department of Labor (DOL) report that found problems with Peru's labor rights regime but stopped short of saying it violated the labor chapter of the U.S.-Peru free trade agreement or recommending formal FTA consultations. He also pledged to keep the pressure on Peru to fix these shortcomings.