Office of the United States Trade Representative
CAFTA-DR Final Text

The Central America-Dominican Republic-United States Free Trade Agreement, which was signed on August 5, 2004, is designed to eliminate tariffs and trade barriers and expand regional opportunities for the workers, manufacturers, consumers, farmers, ranchers and service providers of all the countries. CAFTA-DR will immediately eliminate tariffs on more than 80 percent of U.S. exports of consumer and industrial products, phasing out the rest over 10 years. Eighty percent of CAFTA-DR imports already enter the United States duty free under the Caribbean Basin Initiative, Generalized System of Preferences and Most Favored Nation programs; the CAFTA-DR will provide reciprocal access for U.S. products and services.


Table of Contents


1. Initial Provisions

2. General Definitions

3. National Treatment and Market Access for Goods

4. Rules of Origin and Origin Procedures

5. Customs Administration and Trade Facilitation

6. Sanitary and Phyto-Sanitary Measures

7. Technical Barriers to Trade

8. Trade Remedies

9. Government Procurement

10. Investment

11. Cross-Border Trade in Services

12. Financial Services

13. Telecommunications

14. Electronic Commerce

15. Intellectual Property Rights

16. Labor

17. Environment

18. Transparency

19. Administration of the Agreement and Trade Capacity Building

20. Dispute Settlement

21. Exceptions

22. Final Provisions

Market Access Appendix 3.3.6

Annex 4.1 (Product Specific Rules of Origin)

Annex I

Annex II

Annex III (Financial Services Non-Conforming Measures)

Tariff Schedules


Side Letters

  • Costa Rica
  • Dominican Republic
  • El Salvador
  • Guatemala
  • Honduras
  • Nicaragua


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