Agriculture in the U.S.-Dominican Republic-Central American Free Trade Agreement (DR-CAFTA) [Updated January 12, 2006] [open pdf - 132KB]
On August 2, 2005, President Bush signed into law the bill to implement the Dominican Republic-Central American Free Trade Agreement, or DR-CAFTA (P.L. 109-53, H.R. 3045). Drawing much attention during congressional debate were the agreement's sugar provisions to allow additional sugar from the region to enter the U.S. market. To assuage concerns expressed by some Members, the Administration pledged prior to Senate passage to take steps to ensure that all sugar imports, including those under DR-CAFTA, do not exceed a "trigger" that could undermine the U.S. Department of Agriculture's ability to manage the domestic sugar program. Sugar producers and processors responded that USDA's pledge did not address their long-term concerns, and continued last-minute efforts to defeat the agreement.
CRS Report for Congress, RL32110
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