January 1, 2014 marked the twentieth anniversary of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) going into effect.  NAFTA had a revolutionary impact on North America and permanently altered the relationship between the United States, Mexico, and Canada. Prior to NAFTA, the United States and Canada completed a bilateral free trade agreement in 1988; however, the three states continued to interact on a bilateral basis. The NAFTA agreement created an economic partnership between the three neighbors with the use of trade and investment.  While the agreement has been a success and has improved relations among the three countries, more potential exists for further integration. If the United States, Mexico, and Canada can continue to cooperate and open more opportunities to economic integration, there will be subsequent openings for future economic growth.


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