If a dispute over an actual or planned national provision cannot be resolved after a 30-day consultation, the case may be referred to a body composed of independent experts who select the parties. Once the proceedings before the panel have been completed, the panel issues a report. The parties will attempt to settle the dispute on the basis of the panel`s report. In the absence of an amicable solution, the complaining party may suspend commercial services equivalent to those which, in its opinion, have been or could be affected by the contested measure. In the event of a dispute under both CAFTA-DR and the WTO Agreement, the complaining party may choose one of the two forums.  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 up markets, removing tariffs, removing barriers to services and much more. In 2015, it was estimated that total bilateral trade resulted in $53 billion.  Almost all Central American exports to the United States were already duty-free thanks to the 1984 Caribbean Basin initiative.
The Dominican Republic participates in the NAFTA negotiations In November 2003, the United States announced that the Dominican Republic would participate in the negotiations. On January 12, 2004, the United States and the Dominican Republic launched the first of three rounds of negotiations on the Dominican Republic`s integration into NAFTA. Negotiations took place on 15 April The draft texts of this agreement were published on 9 April. Cafta-DR`s intention was to promote exports and job creation in all Member States by removing barriers to trade. It also included commitments to improve the working conditions of workers throughout Central America. On 1 October 2002, the United States Trade Representative informed Congress of the President`s intention to enter into trade negotiations with the five members of the Central American Economic Integration System. Operational-level negotiations for a United States-Central America Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) began on January 27, 2003 in San José, Costa Rica. . . .