Free Trade Agreements


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Free Trade Agreements are contractual arrangements between countries concerning their trade relationships. They may be bilateral or multilateral, that is, between two countries or more than two countries. Free trade agreements (FTA's) result in lower tariff barriers between member countries than those allowed to non-member countries.


The United States currently has 14 free trade agreements in place. Since obtaining trade promotion authority in 2003 the U.S. Trade Representative has begun an aggressive program to negotiate other bilateral and regional free trade agreements.

  • Free Trade is not free
  • Savings are available if you adhere to the rules of a Free Trade
  • Free Trade Regulations are complex

All of these free trade agreements have the potential to lower the costs of imported goods while expanding export markets for American products. The opportunities are available if the regulations are understood and adhered to. To take full advantage of these opportunities you must strictly comply with new rules and regulations that should be implemented with the free trade agreements.


On January 1, 1994, a trilateral trade agreement between the United States, Canada and Mexico was implemented. This is called the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). NAFTA spells opportunity because qualifying goods have lower duty rates. However, in order to take full advantage of this trade agreement, you must strictly comply with the rules and regulations.:

  •     Compliance with the regulations
  •     Regional value content / tariff shift
  •     Significant savings potential
  • We have the technical expertise
    and a dedicated staff.

  • We concentrate on Free Trade Agreements and focus on personal service.

  • We provide our service at a very competitive rate.

  • We stay current with the regulations to make sure our clients are compliant.

  • We are a hands-on company that does
    the detailed work of accumulating data allowing your staff to attend to their regular business.

  • We have provided analysis, support and certificates of origin for clients since the inception of NAFTA.

  • We provide a full service program including seminars, training courses and the actual preparation of the certificates of origin.

  • We can provide full outsourcing capabilities where we become your in-house FTA support group.

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NAFTA Certificate of Origin

For goods to qualify for preferential duty treatment they must meet a specified percentage of North American content, undergo a tariff shift or both. These rules of origin and the preparation of a NAFTA certificate of origin (to substantiate that the product qualifies) make compliance with the regulations time consuming and tedious. It is also necessary to fully understand the Harmonized Tariff Schedule in order to properly classify products

The U. S. Trade Representative is actively negotiating many bilateral and multilateral free trade agreements. Imports from these countries and exports to these countries can significantly improve your bottom line if you can take advantage of them but the regulations are complex and the penalties for non-compliance are severe. Understand the FTAs and increase your profits

Additional Free Trade Agreements:

  • Australia Free Trade Agreement (AUFTA)
  • Bahrain Free Trade Agreement (BFTA)
  • Central America-Dominican Republic Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR)
  • Chile Free Trade Agreement (CFTA)
  • Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement (CTPA)
  • Israel Free Trade Agreement (ILFTA)
  • Jordan Free Trade Agreement (JFTA)
  • Korea Free Trade Agreement (UKFTA)
  • Morocco Free Trade Agreement (MFTA)
  • Oman Free Trade Agreement (OFTA)
  • Panama Trade Promotion Agreement (PATPA)
  • Peru Trade Promotion Agreement (PETPA)
  • Singapore Free Trade Agreement (SFTA)

Why Worry About Free Trade Agreements?

  • To avoid penalties from foreign Customs authorities for inaccurately stating content origin of goods shipped across borders.

  • To gain sales and tariff benefits for goods with non-originating content that still may qualify for tariff reduction under a FTA.

  • To ensure that you have gained appropriate tariff reductions through the phase-in of FTA reductions.

  • To protect your customer, by making certain that your customer has an accurate certificate of origin.

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Let our experts handle your free trade certification and allow your people to concentrate on your business. We'll likely save you money and we'll assure you are in compliance with the complex Free Trade regulations.

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