There are 14 free trade agreements with 20 countries: Australia, Bahrain, Chile, Colombia, Israel, Jordan, Korea, Morocco, Oman, Panama, Peru, Singapore; DR-CAFTA (Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua); and NAFTA (Canada and Mexico). A free trade agreement (FTA) or treaty is a multinational international agreement aimed at creating a free trade area between cooperating states. Free trade agreements, a form of trade pact, set the tariffs and tariffs imposed by countries on imports and exports in order to reduce or eliminate barriers to trade, thereby promoting international trade.  These agreements generally focus "on a chapter that provides for preferential tariff treatment," but they often contain "trade facilitation and regulatory clauses in areas such as investment, intellectual property, government procurement, technical standards, and sanitary and phytosanitary issues."  There are important differences between customs unions and free trade areas. Both types of trading blocs have internal agreements that the parties conclude to liberalize and facilitate trade between them. The key difference between customs unions and free trade areas is their treatment vis-à-vis third parties[clarification of concepts required]. While a customs union requires all parties to set and maintain identical external tariffs for trade with non-parties, parties to a free trade area are not subject to such a requirement. Instead, they may import and maintain the customs procedure applicable to imports from non-Parties which they deem necessary.  In a free trade area without harmonized external customs duties, the Parties will adopt a system of preferential rules of origin to eliminate the risk of relocation.  The trade agreement database provided by ITC`s Market Access Card.
Given that hundreds of free trade agreements are currently in force and are under negotiation (around 800 according to the ITC Origin Facilitator rule, including non-reciprocal trade agreements), it is important for companies and policymakers to keep an eye on their status. There are a number of free trade agreement custodians available either at the 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 , the database of the Asian Regional Integration Centre (ARIC), the information agreements of Asian countries and the portal on negotiations and free trade agreements of the European Union.  All these collective agreements are still not in addition to free trade in its laissez-faire form. . . .