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Fact Sheet: Trade with the Western Hemisphere Is in U.S. Strategic Commercial Interests

September 22, 2016

This fact sheet illustrates how free trade agreements between the United States and key partners in the Western Hemisphere (e.g., NAFTA parties Canada and Mexico; CAFTA-DR parties Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua; and Colombia) have led to significantly higher trade flows since the entry into force of those deals, thereby supporting U.S. economic security. This infographic also outlines how China’s dramatic uptick in trade activity with the Western Hemisphere since the early 2000s has either surpassed the United States as the top trade partner with some of the hemisphere’s largest economies or placed second to the United States—although the higher favorability rating that the United States holds over China in hemispheric public opinion makes the United States a more natural commercial partner. 


For more information on the Trade Advisory Group, please contact COA Director of Government Relations Kezia McKeague at

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