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U.S. Reaches Trade Deal with Colombia, White House Says

U.S. Reaches Trade Deal with Colombia, White House Says

   

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Source: Miami Herald / McClatchy Newspapers

WASHINGTON DC — The White House on Wednesday is announcing a deal to ratify the long-stalled free trade agreement with Colombia — a move that backers say will boost the U.S. economy and improve the U.S. standing in Latin America.

House Republicans — who had threatened to block a pending $10 billion trade deal with South Korea if the administration didn’t move on Colombia — hailed the move.

“We are ecstatic,” said Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Fla., who just returned from a congressional trip to Colombia. “This is jobs, jobs, jobs. We have small businesses ready to go, to hire people, to get this started.”

Business groups, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, also applauded the move, noting that U.S. tariffs on Colombian manufactured goods averaged just 0.1 percent last year, but that Colombian tariffs averaged 15 percent, and even higher for U.S. agriculture. Diaz-Balart said the U.S. market share in Colombia has slipped 40 percent in recent years as the trade agreement languished.

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