International trade is essential to America’s economic growth and prosperity. In fact, President Barack Obama has made it a top priority to improve the conditions that directly affect the private sector’s ability to export – working to remove trade barriers abroad, help firms and farmers overcome hurdles to entering new markets, and assist with financing. President Obama announced the National Export Initiative in his 2010 State of the Union address to renew and revitalize our efforts to promote Amercan exports abroad.
NAITA works to raise public awareness of the importance of international trade to our regional economy and works with various organizations to promote fair trade and international trade legislation that helps U.S. businesses compete in the global marketplace. For information on trade policy and free trade agreements (FTAs) that are advantageous to U.S. businesses, visit:
- U.S. Chamber of Commerce – International Affairs Division – The U.S. Chamber’s International Affairs Division advocates for free enterprise, competitive markets, and rules-based trade and investment as the path to opportunity and prosperity for all. The Division’s staff of 70 regional and policy experts advances these principles before the U.S. and foreign governments as it works to shape trade and investment policies and help companies succeed in international markets.
- U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) – a U.S. government agency that negotiates directly with foreign governments to create trade agreements, resolves disputes, and participates in global trade policy organizations. American trade policy works toward opening markets throughout the world to create new opportunities and higher living standards for families, farmers, manufacturers, workers, consumers, and businesses. The United States is party to numerous trade agreements with other countries, and is participating in negotiations for new trade agreements with a number of countries and regions of the world. The head of USTR is the U.S. Trade Representative, a Cabinet member who serves as the president’s principal trade advisor, negotiator, and spokesperson on trade issues.