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U.S. CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION

CBP is one of the Department of Homeland Security’s largest and most complex components, with a priority mission of keeping terrorists and their weapons out of the U.S. It also has a responsibility for securing and facilitating trade and travel while enforcing hundreds of U.S. regulations for other U.S. Government agencies. http://www.cbp.gov/

U.S. INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION (USITC)

An independent federal agency determining import injury to U.S. industries in antidumping, countervailing duty, and global and China safeguard investigations; directing actions against unfair trade practices involving patent, trademark, and copyright infringement; supporting policymakers through economic analysis and research on the global competitiveness of U.S. industries; and maintaining the U.S. Harmonized Tariff Schedule. http://www.usitc.gov/

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE BUREAU OF INDUSTRY AND SECURITY

BIS Mission: Advance U.S. national security, foreign policy, and economic objectives by ensuring an effective export control and treaty compliance system and promoting continued U.S. strategic technology leadership. http://www.bis.doc.gov

WORLD CUSTOMS ORGANIZATION

The World Customs Organization (WCO) is the only intergovernmental organization exclusively focused on Customs matters. With its worldwide membership, the WCO is now recognized as the voice of the global Customs community. It is particularly noted for its work in areas covering the development of global standards, the simplification and harmonization of Customs procedures, trade supply chain security, the facilitation of international trade, the enhancement of Customs enforcement and compliance activities, anti-counterfeiting and piracy initiatives, public-private partnerships, integrity promotion, and sustainable global Customs capacity building programmers. http://www.wcoomd.org/

OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES TRADE REPRESENTATIVE

The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) is an agency of over 200 people, a highly committed group of professionals who have decades of specialized experience in trade issues and regions of the world. They negotiate directly with foreign governments to create trade agreements, resolve disputes and participate in global trade policy organizations. They also meet with governments, business groups, legislators and public interest groups to gather input on trade issues and explain the president’s trade policy positions. http://www.ustr.gov

U.S. CENSUS BUREAU, FOREIGN TRADE DIVISION

The Foreign Trade Division of the U.S. Census Bureau provides data on all U.S. imports and exports. “If someone speaks of data on U.S. trade, it originated from us.” http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/www/

CANADA BORDER SERVICES AGENCY (CBSA)

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) ensures the security and prosperity of Canada by managing the access of people and goods to and from Canada. Since December 2003, the CBSA has been an integral part of the Public Safety Portfolio, which was created to protect Canadians and maintain a peaceful and safe society. The President of the CBSA reports directly to the Minister of Public Safety Canada and controls and manages all matters relating to the Agency. http://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca

UNITED STATES COURT OF INTERNATIONAL TRADE

The United States Court of International Trade plays an important role in the federal judicial system. Since the court serves an important judicial function and has significant responsibilities in international trade, all people – lawyers and non-lawyers alike – should have an understanding of the court’s jurisdiction, powers, and procedures. International trade, always important to our nation and the world, is more important today than ever before. Visit the court’s web site for more information. http://www.cit.uscourts.gov

EXPORT.GOV

Export.gov Helps American Companies Succeed Globally. Export.gov brings together resources from across the U.S. Government to assist American businesses in planning their international sales strategies and succeed in today’s global marketplace. Export.gov was created to provide better customer service for businesses interacting with the Federal Government. The U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration manages Export.gov as a collaborative effort with the 19 Federal Agencies that offer export assistance programs and services. http://www.export.gov

INTERNATIONAL TRADE ADMINISTRATION

The International Trade Administration mission is to create prosperity by strengthening the competitiveness of U.S. industry, promoting trade and investment, and ensuring fair trade and compliance with trade laws and agreements. Their web site provides you access to ITA’s valuable information and services regarding U.S. international trade policy. http://www.ita.doc.gov

WORLD TRADE ORGANIZATION

The World Trade Organization (WTO) is the only international body dealing with the rules of trade between nations. At its heart are the WTO agreements, the legal ground rules for international commerce and for trade policy. http://www.wto.org