Reality: the only beneficiaries of trade restrictions are inefficient companies and special interests working to protect them from competition. A free trade area has several advantages, including the reality: free trade does not create more jobs, but also protectionism. Free trade can reduce jobs in inefficient industries, but it frees up resources to create jobs in efficient industries, raise overall wages and improve living standards. On the other hand, protectionism tries to protect jobs that the market does not maintain, to the detriment of more innovative industries. The trade deficit is not debt. A growing trade deficit, despite its misleading name, is good for the economy. This is generally a signal that global investors have confidence in America`s economic future. The U.S. trade deficit could be larger than it would otherwise be if a trading partner decided to artificially keep the price of its currency low, but this practice harms the trading partner, not the United States.

A free trade area deals with the abolition of tariffs and trade measures applied to Member States. This means that there are no common policies that apply to all members and that each country in the free trade area imposes its own tariffs and quotas. Reality: it is the overall level of trade – exports and imports – that most accurately reflects American prosperity. Wealth is defined by the breadth and diversity of what Americans can consume. More exports increase prosperity only because they allow Americans to buy more imports and encourage more non-Americans to invest in America, which helps the U.S. economy grow. The restriction of imports makes Americans less well off. The main conditions of free trade agreements and free trade zones are: environmental protection measures can prevent the destruction of natural resources and crops. Labour laws prevent poor working conditions. The World Trade Organization imposes rules on free trade agreements. The growing rhetoric on the imposition of tariffs and the restriction of international trade freedom reflects a resurgence of old arguments, which remain largely alive, because the benefits of international free trade are often diffuse and difficult to discern, while the benefits of protecting certain groups from foreign competition are often immediate and visible.

This illusion feeds the general perception that free trade harms the U.S. economy. It also tilts the balance in favour of special interests seeking refuge from foreign competition. As a result, the federal government is currently imposing thousands of tariffs, quotas and other trade barriers. Free trade agreements should stimulate trade between two or more countries. Strengthening international trade has the following six main advantages: a better solution than protectionism is to include rules in trade agreements that protect against inconvenience. Free trade increases the prosperity of Americans – and citizens of all participating nations – by enabling consumers to buy more and better products at a lower cost. It promotes economic growth, efficiency, innovation and increased equity that comes with a rules-based system. These benefits increase with the increase in overall trade – exports and imports. A Free Trade Area (FTA) refers to a region in which a group of countries in that region signs an agreement that seals economic cooperation between them.

EsTV`s main objectives are to remove trade barriers, including tariffs and import quotas from import quotas, state restrictions on the quantity of a given good that can be imported into a country.