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The Dominican Republic-Central America FTA (CAFTA-DR) is the first free trade agreement between the United States and a group of smaller developing economies: our Central American neighbors Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, as well as the Dominican Republic. The CAFTA-DR promotes stronger trade and investment ties, prosperity, and stability throughout the region and along our Southern border.
Combined, the countries in the CAFTA-DR would represent the United States' 16th largest goods trading partner, with $53 billion in total (two way) goods trade during in 2015. Exports totaled $29 billion while imports totaled $24 billion. The U.S. goods trade surplus with CAFTA-DR countries was $5 billion in 2015. According to the Department of Commerce, U.S. goods exports to CAFTA-DR supported an estimated 134 thousand jobs in 2014.
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CAFTA-DR and Regional Manufacturing
Trade under CAFTA-DR supports Made-in-America jobs and unlocks opportunities for well-paying work as goods flow across borders and are manufactured into final products. Working together, our region can compete better.
CAFTA-DR and Labor
CAFTA-DR is strengthening workers’ rights and conditions in the region, through enforcement of labor protections to which its workers are entitled under countries’ national laws. This includes through the first labor dispute under any free trade agreement to ensure Guatemalan workers can exercise their rights under Guatemalan law. We remain committed to helping Guatemala achieve that outcome and earn the benefits that come with enforcing the law to uphold internationally recognized labor rights.
CAFTA-DR and Creating Opportunities in the Region
Trade and economic growth promotes prosperity and stability and opportunities for citizens within their home country. CAFTA-DR requirements for rule of law and transparent and fair procedures in government actions create a better climate for investment and business. A better economic environment builds communities where citizens can thrive and youth have opportunity for a productive future at home.