WASHINGTON — The U.S. and Chile concluded negotiations on a free-trade agreement Wednesday designed to immediately strip away tariffs on 87 percent of all consumer and industrial products, including apparel and textiles.

The pact is expected to be signed by next spring, then sent for Congressional votes in the U.S. and Chile. The two top trade negotiators for the U.S. and Chile said Wednesday they are hopeful both governments will pass the trade bill by the end of 2003.

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