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Interagency Trade Enforcement Center Established

03/01/2012

On February 28, 2012, President Obama issued an Executive Order (EO) establishing an Interagency Trade Enforcement Center "in order to advance U.S. foreign policy and protect the national and economic security of the United States through strengthened and coordinated enforcement of U.S. trade rights under international trade agreements and enforcement of domestic trade laws"

According to the EO, the Center will:
- 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;
- 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 our foreign trade partners; and
- 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 foreign trade practices.

The Center will exist within the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) and will coordinate with a number of other departments and agencies, including the Departments of State, Treasury, Commerce, and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.


The full text of the EO can be accessed online at:
http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/02/28/executive-order-establishment-interagency-trade-enforcement-center



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