USTR's Office of Environment and Natural Resources (ENR) is responsible for negotiating and monitoring compliance with the environment chapters in all bilateral Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) in accordance with the congressionally established trade negotiating objectives set forth in the current Trade Promotion Authority Act (TPA), formally the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015, and taking into account public and stakeholder input. Existing environment chapters include obligations such as effective enforcement of environmental laws, not weakening environmental protections in order to encourage increased trade or investment, domestic procedural protections, and promotion of public participation in environmental matters. The most recent, ground-breaking U.S.-Canada-Mexico Agreement additionally includes first-ever U.S. FTA enforceable commitments to combat illegal fishing and wildlife trafficking, promote sustainable fishing practices and marine conservation, and address other pressing environmental issues such as air quality and marine litter.
The Environment chapters of all existing U.S. FTAs are below.
Free Trade Agreements and the Environment
Peru Trade Promotion Agreement (PTPA) - Environment Chapter Agreement Text / Environmental Cooperation Agreement /Information on Implementation of the Environment Chapter
United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) – Environment Chapter Agreement Text / Environment Cooperation and Customs Verification Agreement between the United States and Mexico / Environmental Cooperation Agreement / Information on Implementation of the Environment Chapter