The purpose of CAFTA-DR is to create a trade free-zone between the United States and Central America by eliminating tariffs and other trade barriers. After the U.S. Senate approved the agreement, CAFTA passed in the U.S. House of Representatives by a narrow majority (217 to 215) on July 28, 2005. The seven members of CAFTA are: United States, Dominican Republic, Honduras, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Costa Rica, and Guatemala.
SOURCES FOR THE TEXT OF CAFTA-DR
SELECTIVE LEGISLATIVE HISTORY OF CAFTA
The following PDFs are available through GPO Access by entering "CAFTA" in the Quick Search.
ELECTRONIC RESOURCES ON CAFTA
- PolicyFile: Public Policy Research and Analysis - GULC only
PolicyFile is a database covering documents from public policy think tanks, university research programs and publishers. A quick search of PolicyFile provided 31 results relating to CAFTA.
- Columbia International Affairs Online (CIAO) - GULC only
A policy database similar to PolicyFile, a search for CAFTA in CIAO likewise returned many relevant results.
- CAFTA (USDA Foreign Agricultural Service)
This site includes implementation news, background material, commodity fact sheets and more.