In 2006, the National Labor Committee, an American non-governmental organization, published a series of reports on Jordanian sweat shops whose conditions were « the worst, » according to the NLC executive director: 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. »  Jordan FTA Text: The full text of the agreement. The Jordanian Free Trade Agreement (FTA) was signed on 24 October 2000. It will enter into force as America`s third free trade agreement and the first with an Arab state. The free trade agreement is the cornerstone of growing U.S.-Jordanian cooperation in economic relations, initiated by close bilateral cooperation during Jordan`s accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO), followed by the conclusion of a framework agreement on trade and investment and a bilateral investment agreement. The free trade agreement serves as an example to Jordan`s neighbours for the benefits of peace and economic reforms. The agreement also contains trade-related environmental and labour provisions. These provisions will not require either country to adopt new labour or environmental laws, and each country reserves the right to set and amend its own labour and environmental standards. As part of the agreement, both countries reaffirm the importance of not renouncing or revoking their labour or environmental laws in order to promote trade and are committed to effectively enforcing their domestic labour and environmental laws. Unlike many trade agreements, the U.S.-Jordan Free Trade Agreement has received broad, bipartisan and multi-sector support.
Supporters have referred to the removal of tariffs and other trade barriers as a blessing for exports.  The Jordanian Free Trade Agreement (JOFTA) came into force on 17 December 2001. Under the agreement, virtually all Jordanian products arrive in the United States duty-free. The Jordanian Free Trade Agreement does not provide for an exemption from the Goods Processing Tax (MPF). 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 United States continued to cooperate with Jordan on labour standards. In 2016, the Ministry of Labour (DOL) removed Jordanian clothing from its list of products produced by child labour or forced labour, on the grounds that the incidence of forced labour in Jordan`s clothing sector had decreased significantly.