Thursday, September 2, 2021

Resolving Trade Barriers

A message brought to you by the Office of Textiles and Apparel (OTEXA) at the International Trade Administration. OTEXA is dedicated to increasing the international competitiveness of the U.S. textiles, apparel, footwear, and travel goods industries.

A trade barrier can be broadly defined as a foreign government policy, practice, or procedure that unfairly or unnecessarily restricts U.S. exports. The following are some common foreign government-imposed trade barriers that U.S. companies encounter abroad:

  • High or unfairly applied tariffs

  • Classification and customs barriers at the border

  • Burdensome certificate of origin or import licensing requirements

  • Unfair standards, testing, labeling, or certification requirements

  • Intellectual property rights protection problems

  • Discriminatory competition laws or unfair competition from state-owned enterprises

The Office of Trade Agreements Negotiation and Compliance (TANC) at the International Trade Administration (ITA) works to break down barriers to trade abroad and monitors and helps promote foreign government compliance with trade agreement obligations. By leveraging relevant trade agreements, ITA engages foreign governments to remove or mitigate barriers to trade as quickly as possible.

If you think you may be experiencing a trade barrier, report your issues as soon as possible.

Report a Trade Barrier Today 


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