One of its stated objectives was to contribute to „harmonious development and the expansion of world trade“ by removing barriers to bilateral trade. Note: Any customs union, every common market, any economic union, the Customs and Monetary Union and the Economic and Monetary Union are also a free trade area. Bilateral free trade agreements (FAs) are concluded between two countries. Many governments around the world have signed, negotiated or are considering new bilateral free trade and investment agreements. The fourth EU Implementation Report (other languages), published in November 2020 and preceded by the preface by DG Commerce Director-General Sabine Weyand (other languages), provides an overview of the results achieved in 2019 and the remarkable work for the EU`s 36 main preferential trade agreements. The accompanying staff working document provides detailed information in accordance with the trade agreement and trading partners. In December 1998, India and Sri Lanka signed a free trade agreement, with India agreeing to phase out tariffs on a wide range of Sri Lankan products within three years, while Sri Lanka agreed to lift tariffs on Indian products over an eight-year period. List of agreements between two states, two blocs or one bloc and one state. Switzerland (which has a customs union with Liechtenstein, which is sometimes included in agreements) has bilateral agreements with the following countries and blocs: There is sufficient evidence that these agreements only allow transnational enterprises (TNCs) to exploit workers and adapt the national and global economy to its interests. Afghanistan has bilateral agreements with countries and the following blocs: For fully multilateral agreements (not included below) see: List of multilateral free trade agreements.
Online Research Documents General documents relating to regional trade agreements carry the WT/REG document code. As part of the Doha Agenda trade negotiations mandate, they use TN/RL/O (additional values needed). These links open a new window: Allow a moment for the results to appear. Since the 2008 financial crisis, there has been a trend towards mega-regional trade agreements. These are between more than two countries and account for a significant share of world trade or investment. These agreements include the Comprehensive Regional Economic Partnership (RCEP), the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA) and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). An interactive list of bilateral and multilateral free trade instruments can be find on the TREND Analytics website.  Other free trade agreements, such as those negotiated by the United States, are much broader and cover other issues, including services and investment. These agreements generally serve as a reference to existing WTO agreements. They often seek to go beyond what is stipulated in WTO rules.
List of agreements being negotiated. Agreements that have so far been discussed only in the absence of formal action by the parties concerned are not mentioned.