For Immediate Release:
July 18, 2012

Media Contact:
Olga Vega

Miami-Dade, federal officials to celebrate initiation of U.S.-Colombia Trade Agreement at PortMiami


(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- 
Commissioner Jose “Pepe” Diaz will join representatives from the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, and PortMiami to celebrate the implementation of the U.S.-Colombia Trade Agreement and Colombia’s Independence Day on Friday, July 20, 2012. The event will be held at PortMiami from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Commissioner Diaz, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez, and Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Ambassador Miriam Sapiro will be highlighting the benefits of the new trade agreement. According to the USTR, over 80 percent of U.S. exports of consumer and industrial products to Colombia will become duty free, with remaining tariffs phased out over 10 years. The move was done to increase U.S. exports and to support more American jobs and the country’s competitiveness overseas.

Media note: Please arrive to the port no later than 10:45 a.m. Parking will be available in the South Administration Lot.  The event will be held in Terminal J. Valid government issued I.D., such as a driver’s license, is required to enter.

For more information, please contact Commissioner Diaz’s office at 305-599-1200.

Who: Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez
Miami-Dade County Commissioner Jose "Pepe" Diaz
Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Ambassador Miriam Sapiro

What:Celebration of U.S.-Colombia Trade Agreement and Colombian Independence Day

When: July 20, 2012, 11:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.

1015 North America Way, Terminal J
Miami, FL 33132


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Stephen P. Clark Center
111 NW 1st Street, Suite 320 Miami, Florida 33128
(305) 375-4343


It is the policy of Miami Dade County to comply with all of the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The facility is accessible. For sign language interpreters, assistive listening devices or materials in accessible format, please call 305-599-1200 at least five days in advance.