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Jordan – U.S. Free Trade Agreement

 

Jordan and the U.S. signed the Jordan–U.S. Free Trade Agreement (FTA) on October 24, 2000, after more than 50 years of positive diplomatic relations. Following the U.S.–Israel Free Trade Agreement (1985) and the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA, 1994), the Jordan – U.S. FTA is the third free trade agreement for the U.S. and its first with an Arab country. The agreement came into force on December 17, 2001, which began a gradual reduction of customs duties in goods and services traded between Jordan and the U.S. over a transitional period of ten years. With the exception of a few items, trade between both countries has been fully liberalized since January 1, 2010.

In addition to the elimination of customs duties, the Jordan–U.S. FTA includes several provisions that promote intellectual property rights, environmental protection laws, labor rights, and electronic commerce in both countries. Furthermore, other Jordan – U.S. agreements such as the Generalized System of Preference (granting duty free access to Jordanian hand-loomed and folklore textile products entering the U.S.) and the Qualified Industrial Zones (granting duty- and quota-free access to products entering the U.S. from specifically identified zones) encourage greater economic exchange between both countries. Jordan is committed to fostering its political and economic ties with the U.S. and establishing this unique relationship as a successful model for other bilateral engagements.    

 

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Jordan Ministry of Industry and Trade: Jordan-U.S. FTA Page

Jordan-U.S. FTA Website

 

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US-Jordan FTA (Full Text)