President establishes Interagency Trade Enforcement Center
On Feb. 28, 2012, President Obama established the Interagency Trade Enforcement Center (ITEC) through an Executive Order.
ITEC is established within the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR), and will strengthen U.S. capacity to monitor and enforce U.S. trade rights and domestic trade laws, and enhance market access to U.S. exporters, executive departments, and agencies. ITEC will coordinate matters relating to enforcement of U.S. trade rights under international trade agreements and enforcement of domestic trade laws among USTR, the Departments of State, Treasury, Justice, Agriculture, Commerce, Homeland Security, and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, and other agencies as designated.
The mission of ITEC is to serve as the primary forum within the Federal Government for USTR and other agencies to coordinate enforcement of U.S. trade rights under international trade agreements and enforcement of domestic trade laws. ITEC will also coordinate among USTR, other agencies with trade related responsibilities, and the U.S. Intelligence Community the exchange of information related to potential violations of international trade agreements by foreign trade partners. Another function of ITEC is to conduct outreach to U.S. workers, businesses, and other interested persons to foster greater participation in the identification and reduction or elimination of foreign trade barriers and unfair trade practices.
For more information about the Interagency Trade Enforcement Center, please follow the link below.
Executive Order, Establishment of the Interagency Trade Enforcement Center, White House