Prepared by the International Trade Administration
Manufacturing and Services
Office of Trade Policy Analysis
U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement
Market Access Results
Aircraft and Related Equipment
Trade and Tariffs
This sector corresponds to the World Trade Organization’s agreement on Civil Aircraft.
Aircraft and related equipment accounted for 3.8 percent of total U.S. industrial exports to
Colombia in 2006, totaling $186 million. The top U.S. exports to Colombia in this sector were
aircraft, aircraft and helicopter parts, and turbojets. Colombian tariffs range between zero and
15 percent with an average of 7.4 percent in 2006.
Colombian exports to the United States in this sector totaled $3 million in 2006, which is less
than 1 percent of total exports to the United States. Top Colombian exports in this sector were
parts of aircraft and turbojets.
Tariffs will be phased out according to five tariff elimination categories: immediate elimination,
equal cuts over five years, unequal cuts over five years, equal cuts over seven years, and equal
cuts over ten years. Tariff elimination under the unequal five-year staging category will proceed
with a 10 percent cut in the tariff in years one and two, a 30 percent cut in year three, a 20
percent cut in year four, and the remaining 30 percent tariff cut will take place in year five.
One hundred percent of U.S. aircraft and related equipment exports, including high value
products such as aircraft, turbines, and other aircraft parts will receive duty-free treatment
immediately upon implementation of the Agreement. Duties on certain asbestos products with
negligible trade will be eliminated over ten years.
The United States, as a party to the Agreement on Trade in Civil Aircraft, applies duty-free
treatment on an MFN basis to these products. These goods will continue to receive duty-free
treatment under this Agreement.
Colombia will eliminate its prohibition