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  North American Free Trade Agreement - MSN Encarta
The largest free-trade zone is the European Economic Area (which includes the members of the European Union and the European Free Trade Association), which also became effective in 1994.
NAFTA was built upon a 1989 trade agreement between the United States and Canada that eliminated or reduced many tariffs between the two countries.
Despite approval from national leaders, the agreement would not be made effective until the legislatures in all three countries had also voted to accept it.
encarta.msn.com /encyclopedia_761579853/North_American_Free_Trade_Agreement.html   (800 words)

  Dominican Republic-Central America Free Trade Agreement - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Bordering Central American nations not in the agreement include Belize and Panama on the mainland, Haiti which is on the island of Hispaniola with the Dominican Republic, and Cuba.
The goal of the agreement is the creation of a free trade zone, similar to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) which currently encompasses the US, Canada, and Mexico.
Negotiations began in January 2003, and agreement was reached with El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua on December 17, 2003, and with Costa Rica on January 25, 2004, and in that month, negotiations began with the Dominican Republic to join CAFTA.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Central_American_Free_Trade_Agreement   (1502 words)

 Encyclopedia: North American Free Trade Agreement
This agreement was an expansion of the earlier Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement of 1989.
The agreement was pursued by the free-trade conservative governments in the US and Canada.
The Free Trade Area of the Americas or FTAA (in Spanish: Área de Libre Comercio de las Américas, ALCA; in French: Zone de libre-échange des Amériques, ZLEA; in Portuguese: Área de Livre Comércio das Américas, ALCA) is a proposed agreement to eliminate or reduce trade...
www.nationmaster.com /encyclopedia/North-American-Free-Trade-Agreement   (2346 words)

 AllRefer.com - North American Free Trade Agreement (International Organizations) - Encyclopedia
North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), accord establishing a free-trade zone in North America; it was signed in 1992 by Canada, Mexico, and the United States and took effect on Jan. 1, 1994.
Labor representatives have criticized NAFTA, claiming the agreement has led to numerous jobs lost in the United States because industries have moved plants to Mexico (see maquiladoras); NAFTA proponents point to the U.S. jobs created because of increased imports by Mexico and Canada.
The agreement has negatively affected the economies of several Caribbean countries whose exports to the United States now compete with duty-free Mexican exports.
reference.allrefer.com /encyclopedia/N/NAmFrTrd.html   (312 words)

 SignOnSanDiego.com > News > Business -- Senate approves free trade agreement with Oman
Trade between the two countries totals less than $1.2 billion annually, but the administration pushed hard for the deal, stressing both Oman's long history as a strategic ally and the administration's goal of establishing a Middle East free trade area by 2013.
U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab said the Oman agreement “builds on free trade agreements concluded with Israel, Jordan, Morocco and Bahrain” and that the proposed Middle East free trade area would spur economic growth and reform in an area of almost 350 million people.
The House, where opposition to free trade agreements is generally stronger, narrowly approved it in July on a 221-205 vote; the measure returned to the Senate for Tuesday's procedural confirmation of its previous vote.
www.signonsandiego.com /news/business/20060919-1424-us-omantrade.html   (454 words)

 President Bush Signs U.S.-Australia Free Trade Agreement
I support free and fair trade, because it has the power to create new wealth for whole nations and new opportunities for millions of people.
The U.S.-Australia Free Trade Agreement is a recognition of that importance and a commitment by both our nations to work in partnership for common prosperity.
Our two nations are committed to the reduction of trade barriers and other restrictions that are keeping too much of the world from the kind of prosperity and opportunity that the developed world takes for granted.
www.whitehouse.gov /news/releases/2004/08/20040803-1.html   (1062 words)

The FTA Analyst is a periodical publication which aims to provide analysis and encourage debate on issues and recent developments towards an Australia-US Free Trade Agreement.
A Free Trade Agreement between the United States and Australia is vitally important to Australia's prosperity and global success in the twenty-first century.
The Free Trade Agreement with the United States is the hardest trade deal Australian officials have ever had to negotiate.
www.austa.net   (1894 words)

The FTA also includes, for the first time ever in the text of a trade agreement, provisions addressing trade and environment, trade and labor, and electronic commerce.
Particulars of these commitments are in the text of the FTA and in a related Memorandum of Understanding on IPR issues signed by the U.S. and Jordan on October 24, 2000.
A: General questions concerning the FTA can be addressed to the commercial section of the U.S. Embassy in Amman and the Jordanian Embassy in Washington, as well as to the USTR in Washington, the Ministry of Industry and Trade in Jordan and the Jordanian American Business Association (JABA).
usembassy-amman.org.jo /FTA/FTA.html   (1409 words)

 PM sells free trade deal. 09/02/2004. ABC News Online   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
The Prime Minister says a free trade deal struck with the United States is in Australia's interests, despite not winning additional access for sugar farmers.
Trade Minister Mark Vaile said it was a big call signing an agreement which didn't include sugar.
When the trade deal was first mooted Australian canegrowers saw it as their saviour - as a way to access the rich American market as a way of turning things around for them.
www.abc.net.au /news/newsitems/s1040727.htm   (723 words)

 The 1989 Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement
The recession that hit the country in the early 1980s led many to believe that prosperity was to be found in free trade, not in protectionism.
The Free Trade Agreement was also scrutinized from the point of view of women who were fighting for better jobs and working conditions.
Although the House of Commons, which was controlled by the Conservative Party, adopted a law on the Free Trade Agreement, the Senate, controlled by the Liberal Party, decided to block it.
www.histori.ca /peace/page.do?pageID=346   (707 words)

 Australian DemocratsAustralia - US Free Trade Agreement
Wide-ranging trade agreements such as this FTA will have an impact on every facet of our economic, social and cultural framework and they must be assessed in terms of what has been won against what has been traded away.
The Investment chapter of the Agreement refers to a process where if there are a 'change in circumstances', investors can request a consultation with the Government with a view to addressing their concerns and making necessary changes to allow their investment to take place.
The FTA will establish two committees and a series of procedures that are designed to provide a forum for the negotiated resolution of quarantine issues 'with a view to facilitating trade'.
www.democrats.org.au /campaigns/free_trade/faq.htm   (2988 words)

 USATODAY.com - Central American Free Trade Agreement faces obstacles   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
The Central American Free Trade Agreement is a multinational deal that will create a free trade zone — a pact of unrestricted trading — between the USA and six countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic.
Part of trade expansion: CAFTA is a critical part of the Bush administrationand#146;s plan for expanding U.S. trade around the world, but faces strong opposition from the powerful sugar industry and organized labor, as well as some in the textile industry, who are pressuring representatives to reject the agreement.
But the debate about the trade pact is reviving arguments about the merits of free trade, similar to the controversy about the much larger 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) that smashed barriers between the USA, Mexico and Canada.
www.usatoday.com /money/economy/trade/2005-05-11-trade-usat_x.htm   (2168 words)

 The Head Heeb: First steps
The free trade agreement would also allow freedom of movement for government officials, students, religious leaders and business people within the community.
The freedom of movement and unified infrastructure proposed in the free-trade agreement are roughly equivalent to the initial steps of European integration, which has successfully lifted Spain, Portugal and Ireland out of poverty.
Free trade among african countries to this point has been meaningless.
headheeb.blogmosis.com /archives/020558.html   (950 words)

 Embassy of Jordan (Washington, D.C.) - Economic & Commerce Bureau   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
Agreement for the Establishment of a Free Trade Zone between the Arabic Mediterranean Nations
The Agreement was ratified by the U.S. Congress on the 28th of September 2001 and it came into force on the 17th of December 2001.
Jordan has also signed an association agreement with the EU in 1997, which will gradually liberalize trade between the two parties to establish a free trade area by the year 2010.
www.jordanembassyus.org /new/commercial/fta/agreements.shtml   (513 words)

 U.S.-Oman FTA Promotes Freer Trade and America's Strategic Interests   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
Moreover, the FTA states clearly that it is inappropriate to weaken or reduce domestic labor protections to encourage trade or investment.
Economic freedom, of which free trade is a major component, leads to faster economic growth and improved standards of living.
If it is ratified, the U.S.-Oman FTA will ultimately be validated by its strategic and economic gains for the U.S. Moreover, it will strengthen ties with a moderate Arab country that has been a reliable ally against Islamic extremism and despotism in a region critical to the future of the global economy.
www.heritage.org /Research/MiddleEast/wm1158.cfm   (1507 words)

 ERS/USDA Briefing Room - North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)
The agreement also facilitates cross-border investment, requires that sanitary and phytosanitary standards for trade be scientifically based, and expands cooperation regarding the environment and labor.
Foreign Agricultural Trade of the United States (FATUS) provides U.S. agricultural exports and imports, volume and value, by country, by commodity, and by calendar year, fiscal year, and month, for varying periods, such as 1935 to the present or 1989 to the present.
U.S.-Mexico agricultural trade was the subject of a paper by ERS economist Steven Zahniser at a conference entitled Doha, NAFTA, and California Agriculture on January 13, 2006, in Sacramento, California.
www.ers.usda.gov /Briefing/NAFTA   (921 words)

 President Signed U.S.-Singapore Free Trade Agreement
America supports free trade because it creates new opportunities for millions of people, new wealth for entire nations, and benefits that are widely shared.
Trade is an important part of improving the lives of people around the globe.
The U.S.-Singapore FTA is an ambitious and comprehensive agreement.
www.whitehouse.gov /news/releases/2003/05/20030506-11.html   (1456 words)

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Trade with Mexico: From 1999 to 2000, U.S. farm and food exports to Mexico climbed by $916 million to $6.5 billion -- the highest level ever and the fifth record in five years under NAFTA.
The U.S. agricultural trade surplus with Mexico was $1.47 billion in 2000.
Trade with Canada: Canada has been a steadily growing market for U.S. agriculture under the CFTA, with U.S. farm and food exports increasing an average of nearly 6 percent a year since 1990.
ffas.usda.gov /info/factsheets/nafta.html   (2473 words)

 The high cost of free trade - Business - Business - smh.com.au
Ian Ballantyne, the general manager of Canegrowers, says his group is not seeking a PBS-sugar trade-off but if the trade agreement were to be renegotiated, it was reasonable that the US sugar industry be put in play.
Garnaut, a trade specialist who was critical of the deal before it was signed, said this highlighted the shortcomings of the agreement.
While the agreement was in its "early days", the evidence so far was "all in favour of the sceptics and all against the boosters of the FTA", Garnaut said.
www.smh.com.au /news/business/the-high-cost-of-free-trade/2006/01/06/1136387625055.html   (1137 words)

 Protesting Bush's Central American Free Trade Agreement
The Bush administration saw its aggressive trade policy partly derailed last month when ministers from 34 countries in the Western hemisphere meeting in Miami failed to reach a comprehensive agreement, as initially envisioned, to open their borders for trade.
The controversial Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) was originally designed to open borders for free trade in the entire region, with the exclusion of Cuba.
Trade with Central America takes center stage this week, as Washington seeks to wrap up a five-nation Central American Free Trade Agreement and presidents from the isthmus headline an annual conference on the Caribbean Basin in Miami Beach.
www.actupny.org /reports/CAFTA03.html   (3279 words)

 North American Free Trade Agreement --  Britannica Student Encyclopedia
It took effect in 1994 and created one of the largest free trade areas in the world.
In a dramatic close to the year, the seven-year negotiations in the Uruguay round of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) came to a successful conclusion on December 15, just in time to meet the deadline firmly set by GATT Director-General Peter Sutherland and needed for "fast track" ratification by the U.S. Congress.
Among these are: the Atlantic Charter (1941), the Bretton Woods Agreements (1944), the Yalta Declaration (1945), the North Atlantic Treaty (1949), the ANZUS Treaty (1951), the Southeast Asia Collective Defense Treaty (SEATO, 1954), the Warsaw Pact...
www.britannica.com /ebi/article-9312742   (805 words)

 Mexico-EFTA Free Trade Agreement
Demonstrating that it can be done with NAFTA participants, the Swiss government announced on November 6 that Mexico and the European Free Trade Association have concluded a free-trade agreement.
Mexico, part of the North American Free Trade Agreement with the United States and Canada, signed a far-reaching free trade pact with the 15-nation EU in July of this year.
The free trade agreement provides for dismantling most trade barriers between the two jurisdictions by 2010.
www.thunderlake.com /mexefta.html   (191 words)

 ISRAEL FREE TRADE AGREEMENT   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
Agreement or under the GATT insofar as it is not inconsistent with this
For the purposes of this Agreement; "country of origin" requires that an article or material, not wholly the growth, product, or manufacture of a Party, be substantially transformed into a new and different article of commerce, having a new name, character, of use, distinct from the article or material from which it was so transformed.
All articles entered under this Agreement shall be documented by a certificate, specimens of which are given in the attachment to this Annex, signed by the exporter to be completed in accordance with the rules specified in the certificate.
www.mac.doc.gov /tcc/data/commerce_html/TCC_Documents/IsraelFreeTrade.html   (6417 words)

 Free trade agreement
There is provision for a scheme to compensate those who have entered into agreements to use material which, but for this Act, would have entered into the public domain.
The Senate Committee provided extensive analysis of the arguments for and against the intellectual property (and other chapters) of the FTA, but split along party lines as to its response, apart from a majority decision to support the Agreement.
ALIA is lobbying members of Parliament regarding implementation of the above proposals for mitigating the adverse effects on library users and budgets of the trade agreement with the United States.
www.alia.org.au /publishing/incite/2004/09/fta.html   (1391 words)

The NAFTA is the most comprehensive regional trade agreement ever negotiated by the United States and is scheduled to be fully implemented by the year 2008.
Trade is considered "free" or "open" when goods and services can move into markets without restrictions, and prices are determined by supply and demand.
Textile and apparel trade among the three NAFTA partners has nearly doubled since the NAFTA took effect, increasing from $6.4 billion in 1993 to $12.4 billion in 1996.
www.library.unt.edu /gpo/oca/nafta.htm   (924 words)

 Global Trade Watch
Trade unions have predicted that this change will result in tens of thousands of jobs lost as local production is displaced by imports from technologically superior American manufacturers.
And while US law requires a formal environmental assessment of all trade agreements, the potential environmental impacts of this agreement for Australia have never been formally assessed by the government.
While the FTA has not resulted in any immediate changes to Australian quarantine laws, it puts in place procedures that may, in the future, weaken those quarantine laws and also laws governing the environmental release of GMOs.
www.tradewatchoz.org /AUSFTA/Index.html   (2986 words)

 Speech - Signing of the Australia-United States Free Trade Agreement
It is a comprehensive agreement that covers the full range of industry sectors from agriculture to audio-visual.
This agreement puts our trade and investment relationship with the United States on the same footing as our well-established political and strategic relationship – this is the commercial equivalent of the ANZUS treaty.
I commend this agreement to you and urge the US Congress and the Australian Parliament to pass it as soon as possible.
www.trademinister.gov.au /speeches/2004/040518_usfta.html   (1076 words)

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