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Free Trade Agreement

An agreement between two or more countries that reduces or eliminates most trade restrictions between the participants. For example, a free trade agreement may abolish subsidies to favored industries in order to make them less expensive compared to international competitors. Proponents of free trade argue that it is more economically efficient and helps consumers by promoting competition to keep prices low. Critics contend that free trade is detrimental to local jobs, especially in the developed world. NAFTA is a major (and controversial) example of a free trade agreement. In particular, NAFTA allowed for the more or less free importation and exportation of agricultural products and textiles.
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