Regional Trade Agreements

African Union (AU)

The African Union is an organization for regional, social, and economic cooperation. The website provides detailed information about all major economic cooperation programs in Africa. The information includes the participating countries, official documents, major events, and press releases.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: August 29, 2014

Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC)

This is the official website of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), which is "the premier forum for facilitating economic growth, cooperation, trade, and investment in the Asia-Pacific region." Information includes news, economies of the 21-member countries, a business center, publications, a virtual library, and a database of useful links.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: August 27, 2014

Tags: APEC, Trade Bloc

Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (GCC)

The Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (GCC) website provides detailed information about the foundation and structure of the organization. It also provides legal documents, press releases, publications, and statistics of the organization, as well as information about its major activities.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: September 3, 2014

Tags: Trade Bloc, GCC

East African Community (EAC)

The East African Community (EAC) website provides detailed information about the history, structure, and participating countries of the organization. Also, social and economic cooperation programs and activities within the community are included. In addition, the site provides news and publications regarding the latest community developments.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: August 27, 2014

European Free Trade Association (EFTA)

The European Free Trade Association (EFTA) is an international organization composed of Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland. The EFTA is tasked with promoting free trade and economic integration. Information is provided on the relationship between the EFTA and the European Economic Area. Trade statistics on EFTA member countries, legal texts, and various publications are also available.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: September 3, 2014

Tags: Country Specific, Iceland, Norway, Switzerland, Liechtenstein

Global Preferential Trade Agreements Database (GPTAD)

The Global Preferential Trade Agreements Database (GPTAD) provides information on trade agreements from around the world. Developed jointly by the World Bank and the Center for International Business at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, the database contains text-searchable versions of all bilateral, free trade, and custom union agreements since June, 1, 2003.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: September 16, 2014

Global Union Research Network (GURN): Bilateral and Regional Trade Agreements

Bilateral and Regional Trade Agreements is a sub-section of the Global Union Research Network (GURN), which is sponsored by Trade Union. It provides background information on trade agreements, commentary by Trade Union on major bilateral and regional trade agreements, and links to trade agreement related websites.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: September 16, 2014

globalEDGE Business Review: Why CAFTA Faces Opposition

Executive Briefing: CAFTA was signed in 2004 in spite of substantial opposition to it in the Dominican Republic and Central America. Supporters say CAFTA will encourage each member to find and rely on its comparative advantage. However, critics use historical evidence to illustrate that CAFTA's provisions are harmful, both financially and environmentally, to citizens of Central America and the Dominican Republic. Opens in PDF format.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: September 3, 2014

Tags: Country Specific, CAFTA-DR, Trade Bloc, globalEDGE Business Review

Joint Commercial Commission (JCC)

The Joint Commercial Commission (JCC) is an agreement signed by the United States and thirteen independent Pacific island nations to promote mutually beneficial commercial and economic relations. The site provides many links designed to provide information on investment relations, trade flows, and economic development projects for countries within the agreement. Country information for the Pacific island nations involved in the agreement is also listed.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: September 3, 2014

LATIN AMERICA: Andean Community (CAN)

Among other goals, the Andean Community (CAN) strives for the development and integration of member countries in Latin America and for progress in the standard of living. The website provides information on member countries, economic policies, treaties and legislation, trade in goods and services, and much more. While some publications must be purchased, access to documents including the declarations of the CAN is free.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: August 29, 2014

MERCOSUR

This is the official website of MERCOSUR, a customs union incorporating the countries of Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, and Venezuela. Available only in Spanish or Portuguese.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: September 3, 2014

Tags: Mercosur, Trade Bloc

NAFTA Secretariat

The NAFTA Secretariat, which administers the North American Free Trade Agreement dispute resolution processes, explains the requirements and processes of dispute settlement through this web site. Also, the site provides information about NAFTA itself.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: August 29, 2014

Tags: NAFTA, Trade Bloc

Organization of American States Trade Agreements

Free Trade Agreements is a sub-section of the official Organization of American State's Foreign Trade Information System (SICE) website. It offers documents of the specific trade agreements as well as other related topics. In addition, information on customs unions and preferential agreements is available.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: August 29, 2014

South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC)

The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) site offers information about regional cooperation in South Asian countries, including cooperation in the areas of agriculture and rural, biotechnology, energy, environment, and trade and finance. SAARC offers the latest news, press releases, and publications of the organization. It also allows readers to download the declarations of all its summits.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: August 29, 2014

Southern African Development Community (SADC)

The Southern African Development Community (SADC) site provides information regarding the structure and legal documents of the organization, and of the participating countries. Available thematic sub-sections include food, agricultural, and natural resources; infrastructure and services; politics, defense, and security; social and human development; and economic development. 

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: September 3, 2014

Union Economique et Monetaire Ouest Africaine (UEMOA)

Union Economique et Monetaire Ouest Africaine (UEMOA) is composed of Benin, Burkina Faso, Cote d'Ivoire, Mali, Guinea-Bissau, Niger, Senegal, and Togo. Its purpose is to unite members through competition in an open market. The website contains overall information on UEMOA as well as press releases and publications that it has produced. Available only in French.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: August 28, 2014

World Bank: Regional Trade Agreements: Effect on Trade

Written by the World Bank in 2005, this report details the effects of trade on eight RTAs including NAFTA, AFTA, SADC, EAC, Mercosur, COMESA, ECOWAS, and SAPTA. It uses statistics from 1960 - 2000 to detail the effect RTAs have had on global trade and intergroup trade, sometimes focusing on one country’s economic stand point. Report opens as a pdf.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: September 16, 2014

World Trade Organization: Regional Trade Agreements

Regional trade agreements is a sub-section of the World Trade Organization official website. It provides an explanation of regional trade agreements (RTAs) negotiation rules, related statistics, and some featured articles on regional trade agreement topics. It also lists examples of regional trade agreements.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: September 16, 2014

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