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The United States-Central America-Dominican Republic Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR)

On August 5, 2004, the United States signed the United States- Central America-Dominican Republic Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR) with five Central American countries (Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua) and the Dominican Republic.

The CAFTA-DR is the first free trade agreement between the United States and a group of smaller developing economies. This agreement is creating new economic opportunities by eliminating tariffs, opening markets, reducing barriers to services, promoting transparency, and establishing state-of-the-art rules for 21st century commerce. It is facilitating trade and investment among the Parties and furthering regional integration.

Central America and the Dominican Republic represent the third largest U.S. export market in Latin America, behind Mexico and Brazil.

U.S. exports to the CAFTA-DR countries were valued at $26.3 billion in 2008. Combined total two-way trade in 2008 between the United States and Central America and the Dominican Republic was $45.6 billion.

FTA Opportunity Report

The U.S.-CAFTA-DR Opportunity Report summarizes the key market access outcomes of the agreement (covering industrial goods, textiles, services and government procurement). This information is meshed with insight from ITA’s industry specialists and the results of Industry and Analysis’s best prospects analysis.

Sector Reports

Select from the links below to view reports profiling the current trade and tariff environment between the United States and the CAFTA-DR countries, and the sector-specific market access results of the U.S.-CAFTA-DR.

U.S. State Exports

CAFTA-DR: A State Export Overview, 2000–2004

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Last Updated: 9/26/13 5:22 PM