trade agreement


Definition of trade agreement

1 : an international agreement on conditions of trade in goods and services
2 : an agreement resulting from collective bargaining

Examples of trade agreement in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Brazilian leader made the remarks after the signing of a new trade agreement in Brazil that featured both Brazilian and U.S. officials, including White House national security adviser Robert O’Brien. Zachary Halaschak, Washington Examiner, "'From the heart': Bolsonaro endorses Trump's reelection bid," 20 Oct. 2020 In July, Scalia visited Columbus, Ohio, to take part in a panel discussion highlighting the benefits of the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement. Eyal Press, The New Yorker, "Trump’s Labor Secretary Is a Wrecking Ball Aimed at Workers," 19 Oct. 2020 Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the U.K. will now get ready to split from the EU’s single market and customs union without a new trade agreement, while leaving the door open to more talks. Joe Mayes,, "Boris Johnson Says U.K. Is Now Preparing for No-Deal: Brexit Update," 16 Oct. 2020 With a limited trade agreement, the UK economy is due to bounce back with growth of 4.6% in 2021 before losing some momentum between 2022 and 2024, according to IFS and Citi projections. Julia Horowitz, CNN, "No Brexit trade deal could cost reeling UK economy $25 billion next year," 16 Oct. 2020 The divergence came to a head quickly, during the overhaul of NAFTA, which Lighthizer conducted at warp speed for a trade agreement. Lydia Depillis, ProPublica, "Robert Lighthizer Blew Up 60 Years of Trade Policy. Nobody Knows What Happens Next.," 13 Oct. 2020 Wu said his government would like to pursue a trade agreement with Washington. Michael Schuman, The Atlantic, "Taiwan Is the Next Front in the U.S.-China Standoff," 10 Oct. 2020 The European Union will press China to aim for climate neutrality by 2060 or eventually face punitive carbon tariffs during a summit on Monday (14 September) aimed at concluding a bilateral trade agreement by the end of the year. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, "The Capital Note: Debt, Windfalls, and Disaster," 14 Sep. 2020 Such as, for example, the negotiation of a U.K.-U.S. free-trade agreement. David Meyer, Fortune, "Brexit trade talks face bleak future as U.K. reportedly plans to undermine existing agreement," 7 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of trade agreement

1749, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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