American companies and workers have long thrived in the international economy. But in recent years, some countries have implemented national trade policies that unfairly favour their workers and businesses at the expense of American workers and businesses. That is where free trade agreements come in. These agreements between three or more countries are the most difficult to negotiate. The larger the number of participants, the more difficult the negotiations. They are, by nature, more complex than bilateral agreements, insofar as each country has its own needs and requirements. The trade agreement database provided by THE ITC Market Access Card. Given that hundreds of free trade agreements are currently in force and are being negotiated (approximately 800 according to the rules of the intermediary of origin, including non-reciprocal trade agreements), it is important for businesses and policy makers to keep their status in mind. There are a number of free trade agreement custodians available at national, regional or international level.
Among the most important are the database on Latin American free trade agreements, established by the Latin American Integration Association (ALADI) , the database managed by the Asian Regional Integration Center (ARIC) with information agreements concluded by Asian countries and the portal on free trade negotiations and agreements of the European Union.  New Zealand`s overall objective in all free trade negotiations is to create a modern, high-quality, comprehensive, forward-looking, trade-oriented agreement that facilitates the growth and development of our trade and investment relations with our trading partners. We therefore generally address a number of trade-related issues in the negotiations, including those listed below. New Zealand strives to implement the fundamental principles of integrating environmental objectives into the 2001 trade agreements, including the obligation not to use or weaken labour laws and the environment, trade policies, regulations and practices for trade protection purposes, or weaken them to promote trade or investment. This can create opportunities for cooperation on labour and environmental issues of common interest related to trade and a robust consultation and dispute resolution mechanism to resolve issues or disputes between the parties.