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Title: CAFTA Implementation Bill

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Vote to pass a bill that implements a free trade agreement between the United States, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua.


  • Stipulates that no provision of the Agreement shall have effect if inconsistent with U.S. law (Sec. 102).
  • Establishes an office to help with settling disputes between participating nations (Sec. 105).
  • Preserves U.S. duties on imports of sugar goods over a certain quota, and allows the U.S. to apply these duties to imports within the quota in exchange for providing compensation to participating nations' sugar exporters (Sec. 202).
  • Progressively eliminates customs duties on all originating goods traded among the participating nations (Sec. 204).
  • Removes duties on textile and apparel goods traded among participating nations (Sec. 205).
  • Provides a procedure for import relief if the increased imports brought about by the Agreement seriously threaten a domestic industry (Sec. 313).
  • Terminates participating nations' status as beneficiaries under the Caribbean Basin Initiative, but maintains U.S. obligations to them regarding duty-free importation of ethanol (Sec. 402).
  • Recommends that each participating nation uphold the International Labor Organization Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work (Sec. 403).
  • This bill is identical to HR 3045, which on 08/02/2005 became Public Law No. 109-53 .