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NAFTA's Effect on U.S. Cotton Textile Trade: The First Four Years

Leslie A. Meyer


The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) among the United States, Mexico, and Canada has had a positive effect overall on U.S. agriculture, reinforcing the trend toward greater integration of markets in North America. With the competitiveness of U.S. agriculture enhanced, American consumers have also benefited from wider sources of supply. The purpose of this paper is to examine and present the changes that have occurred in U.S. cotton textile trade since NAFTA's inception in 1994. While NAFTA is one of many factors affecting U.S. textile trade, some interesting observations have developed. Although the complete effects of NAFTA will not be felt until the agreement is fully implemented over the next ten years, the first four years may provide a glimpse of U.S. cotton textile trade during the next decade.

Reprinted from Proceedings of the 1998 Beltwide Cotton Conferences pp. 335 - 338
©National Cotton Council, Memphis TN

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