and Central America will work to eliminate sanitary and phytosanitary barriers to agricultural trade, in particular problems and delays in food inspection procedures for meat and poultry. Central America will move towards export authorization recognition for all facilities inspected under the U.S. food safety and inspection system. El Salvador was the first D.R.-CAFTA country to ratify the agreement and submit it by Congress on December 17, 2004. Honduras ratified the agreement on 3 March 2005 and Guatemala on 10 March 2005. The U.S. Congress approved the agreement in July and the President signed it on August 2, 2005. Nicaragua ratified it on 10 October 2005. On 6 September 2005, the Chamber of Deputies of the Dominican Republic approved the D.R.-CAFTA and transmitted it to the President for signature. On February 28, 2006, the President of the United States announced Proclamation 7987 relating to the implementation of the Free Trade Agreement between the Dominican Republic, Central America and the United States.
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