U.S. Trade Representative Visits Curacao to Promote Trade and CBTPA

U.S. Trade Representative Visits Curacao to Promote Trade and CBTPA
On September 12 and 13, 2019, Magaly Garcia, Regional Director of the Office of the U.S.
Trade Representative, will visit Curacao to provide an overview of how the trade preference
program, the Caribbean Basin Trade Partnership Act (CBTPA), works, and describe the
program benefits. This is an opportunity to increase duty-free shipments to the United States.
The U.S. Consulate in cooperation with the Curacao Chamber of Commerce & Industry and
the Ministry of Economic Development will facilitate an information session on Thursday,
September 12, from 6:00-7:00pm. Mrs. Garcia will hold a presentation in the auditorium of the
Curacao Chamber of Commerce for businesses interested in exporting goods to the U.S.
CBTPA was implemented on October 5, 2000 and will expire on September 30, 2020. U.S.
Representatives introduced legislation to reauthorize CBTPA until 2030. CBTPA countries are
a subset of the Caribbean Basin Economic Recovery Act (CBERA) countries with expanded
duty-free access to the U.S. market.
Curacao is one of the partner nations of the program and, therefore, may potentially benefit
from CBTPA through duty-free access to the U.S. market for most goods.

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