Office of the United States Trade Representative


Chile and the United States Continue FTA Negotiations
Contact: Ricardo Reyes (202) 395-3230 04/12/2002

The United States and Chile met April 9 - 12 in Santiago to discuss various aspects of the ongoing U.S.- Chile FTA negotiations. This followed the successful high-level, technical meeting on sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) measures held in Washington, DC April 3-4. This meeting created a positive framework to address priority SPS issues of mutual interest.

This week in Santiago, the United States presented an updated offer on agricultural and industrial market access, which the two sides discussed. Chile also presented an updated proposal on agricultural market access. In addition both sides engaged in market access discussions on non-conforming measures related to services and investment. The two countries agreed that various negotiating groups will meet in the coming weeks in order to optimize progress. Lead negotiators will meet again in May in order to review the work done by the negotiating groups and move the negotiations toward a prompt conclusion of the agreement.

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