The purpose of USAID Facilitando Comercio is to assist Colombia in meeting its commitments to trade facilitation under the Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement, which took effect May 15, 2012.
The project is advancing compliance at an operational level and assisting the government in formulating part of its agenda for similar commitments made under the WTO’s Trade Facilitation Agreement through three components: (1) customs policies and enforcement, (2) rules of origin, and (3) technical standards.
Facilitando Comercio’s assistance is provided to the Tax and Customs Agency, the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Tourism, and the private sector.
Between 2012 and 2013, the Peru and Andean Trade Capacity Building Program, also managed by Nathan Associates, identified reforms that Colombia needed to meet its trade promotion agreement commitments for trade facilitation.
The project website provides details on developments: www.facilitandocomercio.com