On 9 November 2017, the Commission published its report on the implementation of EU's Free Trade Agreements (FTA) in 2016. It concludes that, generally, EU exports to FTA partner countries have increased (in particular for cars and agricultural products), but as regards TRQs, there is untapped potential under all FTAs and in both directions. EU businesses tend to have lower preference utilisation rates than their counterparts in the FTA partner country, which the Commission says is due to a lack of awareness, difficult rules, and cumbersome procedures. The Commission further notes that progress has been made on sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) measures (with Columbia, Peru, Moldova, Georgia and Ukraine), discriminatory regimes for spirits (with Colombia) and technical regulations and standards (with Ukraine and Georgia). On the other hand, problems persist for certain SPS measures, for restrictions in agricultural trade, enforcement of geographical indications, and public procurement.