Although no formal form is required to prove eligibility for preferential tariff treatment under CAFTA-DR, a standard form has been submitted by CAFTA countries and there is a list of information to be included. Case 3: If there is only one producer, provide the full legal name, address (including country) and tax identification number in accordance with box 1. If the certification contains more than one manufacturer, please indicate “VARIOUS” and attach a list of all manufacturers, including their name, address (including country) and tax identification number in reference to the goods or goods described in box 5. If this information is confidential, please state: “AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST BY THE APPROPRIATE AUTHORITY.” If the producer and exporter are the same person, please indicate “SAME.” If the producer is unknown, you say “UNKNOWN.” If a dispute over actual or proposed national regulations is not resolved after a 30-day consultation, the matter may be referred to a body of independent experts selected by the parties. Once the panel proceedings are complete, a report will be prepared by the panel. The parties will attempt to resolve the dispute on the basis of the panel`s report. In the absence of an out-of-court settlement, the complainant may suspend commercial benefits equivalent to those it considers to be affected or affected by the measure at issue. In the event of litigation in both the CAFTA-DR and the WTO agreement, the complainant may choose one of the two forums.  The agreement is a treaty under international law, but not under the U.S. Constitution, because in the United States, laws require the approval of both houses, while treaties require two-thirds approval only in the Senate.
Under U.S. law, CAFTA-DR is an executive agreement of Congress. As part of the agreement, the parties significantly liberalize trade in goods and services. CAFTA-DR also includes important disciplines in the areas of customs management and trade facilitation, technical barriers to trade, public procurement, investment, telecommunications, e-commerce, intellectual property rights, transparency, labour protection and the environment. CAFTA-DR creates new business opportunities for the United States, while promoting regional stability, economic integration and economic development for a large group of U.S. neighbors. The Dominican Republic-Central America-United States Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR FTA) came into force in 2006 for the United States, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua, 2007 for the Dominican Republic and 2009 for Costa Rica. Under the free trade agreement, 100% of U.S.
exports of consumer goods and industrial goods to CAFTA-DR countries will no longer be subject to tariffs. Tariffs on almost all agricultural products in the United States will expire by 2020. To be treated duty-free under free trade agreements, products must comply with applicable rules of origin. In May 2004, the Salvadoran American National Network, the largest national federation of Central American community organizations in the United States, spoke out against CAFTA, which they said was not ideologically motivated: “As immigrants, we deeply understand the potential benefits of better transnational cooperation. We would support an agreement that would increase economic opportunities, protect our common environment, guarantee workers` rights and recognise the role of human mobility in deepening already deep relations between our countries. However, the cafta agreement falls well short of this vision.  CAFTA-DR is the first free trade agreement between the United States and a small group of developing countries. It was created with the aim of creating new and better economic opportunities by opening markets, removing tariffs, removing barriers to services and much more.