United States and Ecuador Update Trade and Investment Council Agreement with New Protocol on Trade Rules and Transparency



United States Trade Representative

Today, the United States Trade Representative, Robert Lighthizer, and Ecuador Minister of Production, Foreign Trade, Investment, and Fisheries, Iván Ontaneda, signed a new Protocol on Trade Rules and Transparency.  This Protocol updates the U.S.- Ecuador Trade and Investment Council Agreement (TIC) with four new annexes comprising state-of-the-art provisions on Customs Administration and Trade Facilitation, Good Regulatory Practices, Anticorruption, and Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises. Once implemented, the Protocol will deliver tangible benefits for traders and investors in all sectors.

The United States and Ecuador have worked closely in recent years to address a number of trade issues important to stakeholders in both countries,” stated Ambassador Lighthizer.  “Today’s Protocol builds on the existing TIC Agreement to establish high standards for efficient customs procedures, transparency in regulatory development, anti-corruption policies, and cooperation and information sharing to benefit small and medium-sized enterprises.  This Protocol is an important step in establishing closer economic ties between our countries.

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