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President Obama created the Interagency Trade Enforcement Center (ITEC) by executive order in February 2012 to take a “whole-of-government” approach to monitoring and enforcing Americans’ trade rights around the world. ITEC uses expertise from across the federal government to assert U.S. trade rights obtained through various international trade agreements.
As the federal government’s primary coordinator of international and domestic trade enforcement, ITEC helps to ensure that America’s trading partners abide by their obligations, including by maintaining open markets on a non-discriminatory basis, and by following rules-based procedures in a transparent way. ITEC leverages and mobilizes the federal government’s resources and expertise to address unfair foreign trade practices and barriers. Personnel from contributing agencies form an expanded team of experienced trade litigators, language-proficient researchers, subject matter experts, and economic analysts who can help to increase engagement with foreign trade partners at the World Trade Organization and to use domestic trade enforcement authorities when necessary.
ITEC is led by a Director designated by the United States Trade Representative and a Deputy Director designated by the Secretary of Commerce.
Participating agencies have included the Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Justice, Labor, State, and Treasury, and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, as well as the International Trade Commission, and the Small Business Administration.
Information on specific trade enforcement actions can be found here.
Additional information about ITEC can be found here.
Additional information about the Administration’s trade enforcement efforts can be found here.