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. Trade agreements are the legal framework for the flow of goods and capital from one country to another; They are the facilitators of the global economy. 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 loss of the world`s largest economy was certainly a blow and could have derailed the entire proposal. However, the other eleven members (Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam) finally decided to maintain the agreement.

The comprehensive and progressive agreement known for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) continues to cover a market of nearly 500 million people and other nations have indicated that they may join later. Read also: APEC Summit: Free Trade in Asia in the Era of Protectionism During the first two decades of the agreement, regional trade increased from about $290 billion in 1993 to more than $1 trillion in 2016. Critics are divided on the net impact on the U.S. economy, but some estimates amount to $15,000 a year for net job losses domestic in the domestic territory as a result of the agreement. , for example, that Japan sells bikes for fifty dollars, Mexico sells them for sixty dollars, and both stand in front of a twenty-inch U.S. dollar. If tariffs on Mexican products are removed, U.S. consumers will transfer their purchases of Japanese bicycles to Mexican bicycles.

The result is that Americans will buy from a more expensive source, and the U.S. government does not receive customs revenue. Consumers save $10 per bike, but the government loses $20. Economists have shown that when a country enters such a “trade” customs union, the cost of trade diversion can outweigh the benefits of enhanced trade with other members of the customs union. The result is that the customs union could degrade the country. Trade agreements occur when two or more nations agree on trade terms between them.