Jordan has become a „clothing magnet“ as U.S. companies such as Wal-Mart, Target and Hanes have set up factories to reduce costs by eliminating tariffs. In the first year, Jordan increased its exports by 213% and created 30,000 jobs. Until 2002, Jordan had a marginal trade surplus with the United States.  Five years after the free trade agreement came into force, Jordan`s exports to the United States had increased twenty-fold; Jordan`s clothing exports to the United States totaled $1.2 billion in 2005.  Most Jordanian exports to the United States come from one in 114 companies.  In 2006, the National Labor Committee, an American non-governmental organization, published a series of reports on Jordanian sweatshops whose conditions were „the worst,“ according to the executive director of the NLC: 20-hour workdays that were not paid for months and physical abuse. Most of the workers are not Jordanians; They are contract migrant workers from countries such as Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and China, who pay a lump sum of about $2,000 to $3,000 to be hired by a garment factory. However, some factories confiscate their passports and subject them to de facto involuntary servitude that borders on human trafficking.  Many members of Congress expressed concern, not least because Jordan`s free trade agreement was deemed „historic and progressive“ to „directly integrate labour and environmental provisions into the agreement instead of being in a secondary agreement.“  The multiplicity of Jordan`s free trade agreements (FTAs) has created a vehicle for both national economic development and greater integration into the global economy. In 1997, King Hussein signed the Large-scale Free Trade Agreement (GAFTA), which is the first in a series of trade agreements.
During the 2000s, Jordan signed more than seven free trade agreements, making its economy one of the most open in the Middle East. These developments reflect the Kingdom`s commitment to the policy of economic liberalization and its efforts to establish stronger political relations through trade diplomacy. The U.S.-Jordan Free Trade Agreement, signed on September 28, 2001, was the first free trade agreement signed by the United States with an Arab country (and the fourth free trade agreement as a whole, behind Israel, Canada and Mexico). Products must be made up of at least 35% Jordanian content in order to benefit from commercial benefits.  The free trade agreement with Jordan achieves significant and comprehensive liberalization on a wide range of trade issues.