ITA Completes Internal Reorganization
The International Trade Administration announced Oct. 17 the completion of its first major organizational change in more than 30 years, which consolidates its four business divisions into three “more efficient and functionally aligned units.” The ITA believes this consolidation will create a flexible organizational structure and enable it to improve operations and the delivery of services to U.S. businesses.
- The Global Markets unit combines the ITA’s country and regional experts, overseas and domestic field staff, and specific trade promotion programs; provides U.S. firms with country-specific export promotion services and market access advocacy; and promotes the U.S. as an investment destination.
- The Industry and Analysis unit brings together the ITA’s industry, trade and economic experts to advance the competitiveness of U.S. industries through the development and execution of international trade and investment policies and promotion strategies. I&A represents the interests of U.S. industry in trade negotiations, advocates on behalf of industry with foreign governments and publishes research on global opportunities for U.S. industry. This unit includes the Office of Textiles and Apparel.
- The Enforcement and Compliance unit enforces U.S. antidumping and countervailing duty laws, ensures compliance with trade agreements negotiated on behalf of U.S. industries, supports the negotiation of international trade agreements to open foreign markets, works with the Interagency Trade Enforcement Center on various issues, and administers the foreign-trade zones program as well as certain sector-specific agreements and programs such as the Steel Import Monitoring and Analysis licensing program.