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A Positive Result Of Trade Agreements Such As Nafta And The Eu Is Quizlet

by Jill & Cathy on April 7, 2021

As a result, many countries have shifted from the multilateral process to bilateral or regional trade agreements. Such an agreement is the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which came into force in January 1994. Under NAFTA, the United States, Canada and Mexico agreed to eliminate all tariffs on merchandise trade and reduce restrictions on trade in services and foreign investment for more than a decade. The United States also has bilateral agreements with Israel, Jordan, Singapore and Australia and negotiates bilateral or regional trade agreements with countries in Latin America, Asia and the Pacific. The European Union also has free trade agreements with other countries around the world. The GATT also allows free trade zones such as the European Free Trade Area, which consists mainly of Scandinavian countries. Members of free trade agreements remove tariffs on trade with each other, while maintaining autonomy in setting tariffs with non-members. As a multilateral trade agreement, GATT calls on its signatories to extend the status of the Most Preferred Nation (MFN) to other trading partners participating in the WTO. MFN status means that each WTO member enjoys the same tariff treatment of its products in foreign markets as the “preferred” country that competes in the same market, thus excluding preferences or discrimination from a Member State. NAFTA has not eliminated regulatory requirements for companies wishing to act internationally, such as rules of origin and documentation obligations, that determine whether certain products can be traded under NAFTA.

The free trade agreement also provides for administrative, civil and criminal sanctions for companies that violate the laws or customs procedures of the three countries. Although the WTO embodies the principle of non-discrimination in international trade, Article 24 of the GATT authorizes the creation of free trade zones and “customs unions” among WTO members. A free trade area is a group of countries that remove all tariffs on trade with each other, but retain their autonomy in setting their tariffs with non-members. A customs union is a group of countries that remove all tariffs on trade between them, while maintaining a common external tariff for trade with countries outside the EU (which is technically contrary to the MFN). The best possible outcome of trade negotiations is a multilateral agreement that encompasses all major trading countries. Second, free trade will be expanded to allow many participants to make the most of trade. After World War II, the United States helped create the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT), which quickly became the world`s largest multilateral trade agreement. Critics of bilateral and regional approaches to trade liberalization have many additional arguments. They propose that these approaches undermine and supplant the MULTILATERAL approach of the WTO, which must be favoured for global use on a non-discriminatory basis, rather than supporting and complementing it.

Therefore, the long-term outcome of bilateralism could be a deterioration of the global trading system into competing and discriminatory regional trading blocs, which could lead to additional complexity that complicates the flow of goods between countries. In addition, the reform of issues such as agricultural export subsidies cannot be effectively addressed at the bilateral or regional level. Trade unions and environmentalists in rich countries have been the most active in seeking labour and environmental standards. The danger is that the application of such standards could simply be an excuse for protectionist protectionism in rich countries, which would harm workers in poor countries.

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