Free Trade Area

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Free Trade Area

Summary of Free Trade Area

An association of states that seeks to overcome impediments to trade among members by reducing or eliminating tariffs among the participants. The members of a free trade area do not maintain a common external tariff nor do they (usually) provide for the free flow of labor or capital among the members. See common market, Customs Union.

(Main Author: William J. Miller)

Spanish Translation of free trade area

This is the legal translation of English to Spanish in relation to free trade area and / or a definition of this topic: Zonas de Librecambio (in Spanish, without translation of the dictionary entry).

Free Trade Area (FTA) and the GATT Policy Negotiations

In relation to the GATT Policy Negotiations, Christopher Mark (1993) provided the following explanation and/or definition of Free Trade Area (FTA): A group of two or more countries that agree to remove barriers affecting substantially all trade with each other, while each maintains its own schedule of tariffs and other regulations on imports from non-member countries. Because some goods –such as farm products –may not be traded in significant quantities between partners in an FTA, coverage of ” substantially all ” of their trade does not necessarily mean trade barriers are eliminated in all sectors. Indeed, agriculture is exempted from coverage in many FTAs.

In the United States

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Free Trade Area in International Trade

Meaning of Free Trade Area, according to the Dictionary of International Trade (Global Negotiator): A group of countries that agree to eliminate tariffs and other import restrictions on each other’s goods, while each participating country applies its own independent schedule of tariffs to imports from countries that are not members. An example of free trade area is NAFTA (North American Free Trade associations) between Canada, United States and Mexico.

Free Trade Area

Embracing mainstream international law, this section on free trade area explores the context, history and effect of the area of the law covered here.

Free Trade Area and Europe

There is an entry on free trade area in the European legal encyclopedia.

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See Also

  • International Trade
  • Trade Regulation
  • International Economic Law
  • Export License
  • International Trade Law
  • Foreign Trade
  • Safeguard

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Further Reading

  • Entry “Free Trade Area” in the work “A Concise Encyclopedia of the European Union from Aachen to Zollverein”, by Rodney Leach (Profile Books; London)

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Further Reading

  • The entry “free trade area” in the Parry and Grant Encyclopaedic Dictionary of International Law (currently, the Encyclopaedic Dictionary of International Law, 2009), Oxford University Press

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Further Reading

  • Information about Free Trade Area in the Encyclopedia of World Trade: from Ancient Times to the Present (Cynthia Clark Northrup)

Free Trade Area and the Laws of International Trade

United States-Jordan Free Trade Area

Customs Trade Law

Hierarchical Display of Free-trade area

Trade > Tariff policy > Tariff policy
International Organisations > European organisations > European organisation > CEFTA
Trade > International trade > Trade relations > Free-trade agreement
International Organisations > European organisations > European organisation > EFTA
Economics > Economic policy > Economic policy > Economic integration
Trade > International trade > Trade relations > Trade agreement > GATT > Free movement of goods
International Organisations > Extra-European organisations > American organisation > Free Trade Area of the Americas
International Organisations > Extra-European organisations > American organisation > NAFTA
European Union > European construction > EU relations > Agreement (EU) > Association agreement (EU) > ACP-EU Convention > Arusha Convention
European Union > European construction > EU relations > Latin American organisation > ALADI

Free-trade area

Concept of Free-trade area

See the dictionary definition of Free-trade area.

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Trade > Tariff policy > Tariff policy > Free-trade area
International Organisations > European organisations > European organisation > CEFTA > Free-trade area
Trade > International trade > Trade relations > Free-trade agreement > Free-trade area
International Organisations > European organisations > European organisation > EFTA > Free-trade area
Economics > Economic policy > Economic policy > Economic integration > Free-trade area
Trade > International trade > Trade relations > Trade agreement > GATT > Free movement of goods > Free-trade area
International Organisations > Extra-European organisations > American organisation > Free Trade Area of the Americas > Free-trade area
International Organisations > Extra-European organisations > American organisation > NAFTA > Free-trade area
European Union > European construction > EU relations > Agreement (EU) > Association agreement (EU) > ACP-EU Convention > Arusha Convention > Free-trade area
European Union > European construction > EU relations > Latin American organisation > ALADI > Free-trade area

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