International Trade Administration

Learn more about how the International Trade Administration and its three business units support investment. 

The International Trade Administration (ITA) is organized into three distinct but complementary business units: 

Global Markets

Global Markets (GM) has a federal government presence both across the United States and in countries that represent 91 percent of worldwide GDP.  GM combines ITA’s country and regional experts, overseas and domestic field staff, and specific trade promotion programs to provide U.S. firms with the full suite of country-specific export promotion services and market access advocacy, while promoting the United States as an investment destination.


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Industry and Analysis

Industry and Analysis’ (I&A) staff of industry, trade and economic analysts devise and implement international trade, investment, and export promotion strategies that strengthen the global competitiveness of U.S. industries. These initiatives unlock export, and investment opportunities for U.S. businesses by combining in-depth quantitative and qualitative analysis with ITA’s industry relationships.


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Enforcement and Compliance

Enforcement and Compliance (E&C) enhances ITA’s responsibilities to enforce U.S. trade laws and ensure compliance with trade agreements negotiated on behalf of U.S. industry.  E&C also administers the Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) program and other import programs that support U.S. jobs. It also represents and advocates on behalf of U.S. industry interests with regard to the exercise and enforcement of U.S. rights under bilateral and multilateral trade agreements.

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Emblem of the International Trade Administration

Mission:  To create prosperity by strengthening the international competitiveness of U.S. industry, promoting trade and investment, and ensuring fair trade and compliance with trade laws and agreements.

Investment-related Resources

U.S. Commercial Service
The U.S. Commercial Service and other agencies provide key assistance for U.S. firms to perform market research and assess markets, protect intellectual property, connect with foreign buyers and partners, navigate export mechanics, export via eCommerce channels, and address trade barriers.

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