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Facts You Should Know About the International Trade Administration (ITA)


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Angela Washington

Trade.gov Screen ShotThe International Trade Administration (ITA) strengthens the competitiveness of U.S. industry, promotes trade and investment, and ensures fair trade through the rigorous enforcement of our trade laws and agreements.  ITA works to improve the global business environment and helps U.S. organizations compete at home and abroad.  ITA supports President Obama’s recovery agenda and the National Export Initiative to sustain economic growth and support American jobs.

ITA is organized into four distinct but complementary business units:

U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service — Promotes U.S. exports, particularly by small and medium-sized enterprises, and provides commercial diplomacy support for U.S. business interests around the world.

Manufacturing and Services — Strengthens U.S. competitiveness abroad by helping shape industry-specific trade policy.

Market Access and Compliance — Assists U.S. companies and helps create trade opportunities through the removal of market access barriers.

Import Administration — Enforces U.S. trade laws and agreements to prevent unfairly traded imports and to safeguard the competitive strength of U.S. businesses.

Purpose: Business Assistance, Research

What you should know?

  • ITA has a variety of departments dedicated to exporting, importing, manufacturing, market access, resolving trade barriers, policy issues and other areas relating to Trade

  • ITA plays a critical role in President Obama’s National Export Initiative (NEI) to double exports and support American jobs

How ITA can assist MBDA clients?

  • Help MBE’s expand into International Markets

  • Provide export guidance for every step of the exporting process

  • Assess an MBE’s ability to export or increase export readiness

  • Provide detailed research to determine what international markets to enter

  • Trade specialists in over 80 countries to help identify suitable strategic partner

  • Sample of services that benefit MBDA Clients

  • Export Counseling

  • Gold Key Matching

  • International Partner Search

  • Market Research

  • Platinum Key

  • Trade Leads Search

  • How to Access the Services

A comprehensive list of all services, local offices and business units can be found on the ITA website.

Some Benefits:

  • Access to new markets and customers through In-depth export and import assistance

  • Export Teaming Arrangements

  • ITA can help bring international buyers to your trade shows

Did you know...

Between 2002 and 2007, minority-owned firms outpaced the growth of non-minority firms in gross receipts, employment, and number of firms. Minority firms are an engine of job creation.
Graph for MBE Growth

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