NAFTA — the North American Free Trade Agreement — united Canada, Mexico and the U.S. as a powerful trading bloc. The agreement provides a business-friendly environment so the three nations can trade products and services more easily by eliminating tariffs and trade barriers.

Since its implementation in the early 90’s, NAFTA has stimulated economic growth and sustained the economies of the three-nation region. According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, exports grew over 45 percent in 2011 and were strongest to the U.S. NAFTA partners, Canada and Mexico. U.S. trade with Mexico increased substantially in 2011, with metropolitan area exports to Mexico increasing by 21.6 percent between 2010 and 2011.

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