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Homepage: nafta-sec-alena.org

Member states: Mexico, United States, Canada

Central texts:

North American Free Trade Agreement (Signature 17 December 1992; Entry into force 1 January 1994)

Main institutions:


Declared goals

(Source: NAFTA Article 102)

“The objectives of this Agreement, as elaborated more specifically through its principles and rules, including national treatment, most-favored-nation treatment and transparency, are to:

a) eliminate barriers to trade in, and facilitate the cross-border movement of, goods and services between the territories of the Parties;

b) promote conditions of fair competition in the free trade area;

c) increase substantially investment opportunities in the territories of the Parties;

d) provide adequate and effective protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights in each Party’s territory;

e) create effective procedures for the implementation and application of this Agreement, for its joint administration and for the resolution of disputes; and

f) establish a framework for further trilateral, regional and multilateral cooperation to expand and enhance the benefits of this Agreement.”


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