Interagency Trade Enforcement Center
On February 28, 2012, the President signed an Executive Order establishing the Interagency Trade Enforcement Center (ITEC) to enhance enforcement of U.S. trade rights and domestic trade laws. The Center leverages and mobilizes resources and expertise across the federal government to develop and pursue trade enforcement actions that will address unfair foreign trade practices and barriers that could otherwise imperil our Nation's export growth and job recovery efforts. ITEC's goal is to create a dedicated, government-wide approach to trade enforcement that will significantly strengthen efforts to level the playing field for American workers and businesses.
Since its inception, ITEC has built an interagency staff to coordinate and leverage interagency resources to provide in-depth analysis of enforcement-related issues and develop challenges to foreign practices that threaten the rights of U.S. workers and exporters. Dedicated staff from a number of federal agencies currently participate in this effort to ensure that all of our trading partners abide by their obligations under the World Trade Organization and other U.S. trade agreements, including commitments to maintain open markets on a non-discriminatory basis, and to follow rules-based procedures in a transparent way.
International Trade Administration plays an integral role in ITEC's work. In addition to supplying the Center's Deputy Director, Commerce currently has both detailed employees from across ITA and foreign-language proficient trade enforcement analysts working full time on ITEC projects. ITA's Enforcement and Compliance (E&C) unit coordinates closely with ITEC, and E&C's subject matter experts have made important contributions to the actions already taken by ITEC. E&C staff also collaborate closely with ITEC staff to identify and develop additional projects aimed at enhancing U.S. commercial competitiveness and maximizing the potential of U.S. exporters.
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