The Caribbean Basin Economic Recovery Act (CBERA, or CBI), adopted in 1983, was the first U.S. trade program to contain intellectual property rights-related provisions; it contains both mandatory and discretionary criteria which must met before countries could be designated as beneficiary countries. The CBERA provided unilateral duty-free access for most goods to the U.S. market to 24 beneficiary countries in Central America and the Caribbean. 

The U.S.-Caribbean Trade Partnership Act (CBTPA), which first entered into force on October 1, 2000, expands the list of duty-free products and offers more market access opportunities to CBTPA-eligible countries. The CBTPA requires that each participating country must meet all the CBERA IPR criteria as well as satisfying the CBTPAs criteria that the country is meeting or exceeding its WTO TRIPS obligations and is taking steps to provide protection equivalent to standards found in bilateral IPR agreements. The CBTPA continued in effect until September 30, 2008 or the date, if sooner, on which the FTAA or another free trade agreement as described in legislation enters into force between the United States and a CBTPA beneficiary country. Because several beneficiary countries have entered into FTAs with the U.S., there are currently 19 eligible CBERA countries: Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, British Virgin Islands, Costa Rica, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Montserrat, Netherlands Antilles, Panama, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Trinidad and Tobago. Congress has reauthorized this program until September 20, 2020.


 

CARIBBEAN AND CENTRAL AMERICA:  CBERA & CBTPA
  September 16, 2011 IIPA files public comments to Trade Policy Staff Committee on CBERA and CBTPA.
  September 30, 2009 IIPA filed comments to USTR on the Caribbean Basin Economic Recovery Act.
  July 2, 2009

IIPA files comments to USITC on CBERA.

 

  November 15, 2007 IIPA files comments to the TPSC on the Caribbean Basin Economic Recovery Act and the Caribbean Basin Trade Partnership Act.
  November 1, 2005 IIPA shares its views with the Trade Policy Staff Committee on the IPR provisions in the Caribbean Basin Economic Recovery Act and the Caribbean Basin Trade Partnership Act: Report to Congress.
  September 6, 2005 IIPA presents views on the Caribbean Basin Economic Recovery Act (CBERA) and DR-CAFTA to the U.S. International Trade Commission.
September 30, 2003 IIPA filed comments with USTR on the copyright piracy and enforcement among nations participating in the Caribbean Basin Economic Recovery Act (CBERA).
June 30, 2003 IIPA filed comments with the International Trade Commission on the economic impact of the Caribbean Basin Economic Recovery Act (CBERA).
September 14, 2001 IIPA filed comments on the Caribbean Basin Economic Recovery Act and the Caribbean Basin Trade Partnership Act: Report to Congress, 66 Fed. Reg. 42250 (August 10, 2001).
June 29, 2001 IIPA filed comments on the Caribbean Basin Economic Recovery Act: Biennial Report to Congress, 66 Fed. Reg. 19980  (April 18, 2001).
July 16, 2000 IIPA filed comments regarding eligibility criteria for beneficiaries of the U.S.-Caribbean Basin Trade Partnership Act (CBTPA), 65 Fed. Reg. 38023 (June 19, 2000).
June 30, 1999 IIPA filed comments on the Caribbean Basin Economic Recovery Act: Report to Congress 64 Fed. Reg. 31342 (June 10, 1999).

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