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Industry Trade Advisory Committees Seek New Members

Monday, February 24, 2014
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The Department of Commerce is now accepting nominations for members of its 16 industry trade advisory committees, listed below, whose charters are being renewed this month for a four-year term.

ITAC 1 – aerospace equipment

ITAC 2 – automotive equipment and capital goods

ITAC 3 – chemicals, pharmaceuticals, health/science products and services

ITAC 4 – consumer goods

ITAC 5 – distribution services

ITAC 6 – energy and energy services

ITAC 7 – forest products

ITAC 8 – information and communications technologies, services and electronic commerce

ITAC 9 – building materials, construction and nonferrous metals

ITAC 10 – services and finance industries

ITAC 11 – small and minority business

ITAC 12 – steel

ITAC 13 – textiles and clothing

ITAC 14 – customs matters and trade facilitation

ITAC 15 – intellectual property rights

ITAC 16 – standards and technical trade barriers

The ITACs provide detailed policy and technical advice, information and recommendations to the DOC and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative regarding trade barriers, the negotiation of trade agreements and the implementation of existing trade agreements affecting industry sectors. They address market-access problems, barriers to trade, tariff levels, discriminatory foreign procurement practices, and the information, marketing and advocacy needs of their industry sector. Other trade policy issues may be addressed in ad hoc working groups created by the ITACs.

Each applicant must be a U.S. citizen and must not be a full-time employee of a U.S. governmental entity, a federally-registered lobbyist or registered with the Department of Justice under the Foreign Agents Registration Act. Applicants must represent either (a) a U.S. entity that is directly engaged in the import or export of goods or services or that provides services in direct support of the international trading activities of other entities, or (b) a U.S. organization that trades internationally, represents members that trade internationally or represents members who have a demonstrated interest in international trade.

For eligibility purposes, a U.S. entity is a for-profit firm engaged in commercial, industrial or professional activities that is incorporated in the United States (or an unincorporated U.S. firm with its principal place of business in the United States) that is controlled by U.S. citizens or by other U.S. entities. A U.S. organization is an organization, including trade associations, labor unions and organizations, and non-governmental organizations, established under the laws of the United States that is controlled by U.S. citizens, another U.S. organization (or organizations) or a U.S. entity (or entities). More than 50% of the board of directors (or comparable governing body) and more than 50% of the membership of the organization to be represented must be U.S. citizens, U.S. organizations or U.S. entities. For NGOs to qualify as U.S. organizations, at least 50% of their annual revenue must be attributable to non-governmental U.S. sources.

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