Ex-ImBank is the official export credit agency of the United States. Their mission is to assist in financing the export of U.S. goods and services to international markets. Ex-ImBank enables U.S companies, whether large or small, to turn export opportunities into real sales that help to maintain and create U.S. jobs and contribute to a stronger national economy. The DOS is the lead U.S. foreign affairs agency, and the Secretary of State is the President’s principal foreign policy advisor. The Department advances U.S. objectives and interests in shaping a freer, more secure, and more prosperous world through its primary role in developing and implementing the President’s foreign policy.
International Trade Administration
ITA seeks to strengthen the competitiveness of U.S. industry, promote trade and investment, and ensure fair trade through the enforcement of U.S. trade laws and agreements. The ITA works to improve the global business environment and helps U.S. organizations compete at home and abroad. The ITA is organized into four business units:
- U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service: http://www.trade.gov/cs/
Promotes U.S. exports, particularly by small and medium-sized enterprises, and provides commercial diplomacy support for U.S. business interests around the world.
- Manufacturing and Service: http://www.trade.gov/mas/
Strengthens U.S. competitiveness abroad by helping shape industry-specific trade policy.
- Market Access and Compliance: http://www.trade.gov/mac/
Assists U.S. companies and helps create trade opportunities through the removal of market access barriers.
- Import Administration: http://trade.gov/ia/
Enforces U.S. trade laws and agreements to prevent unfairly traded imports and to safeguard the competitive strength of U.S. businesses.
Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC)
OPIC helps U.S. businesses invest overseas, fosters economic development in new and emerging markets, complements the private sector in managing the risks associated with foreign direct investment, and supports U.S. foreign policy.
United States Department of Commerce
The U.S. Department of Commerce promotes job creation, economic growth, sustainable development and improved standards of living for all Americans by working in partnership with businesses, universities, communities and our nation’s workers. The department touches the daily lives of the American people in many ways, with a wide range of responsibilities in the areas of trade, economic development, technology, entrepreneurship and business development, environmental stewardship, and statistical research and analysis.
United States Department of State
The DOS is the lead U.S. foreign affairs agency, and the Secretary of State is the President’s principal foreign policy advisor. The Department advances U.S. objectives and interests in shaping a freer, more secure, and more prosperous world through its primary role in developing and implementing the President’s foreign policy.
- Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs (EB) – formulates and carries out U.S. foreign economic policy, integrating U.S. economic interests with its foreign policy goals so that U.S. firms and investors can compete on an equal basis with their counterparts overseas. It implements American economic policy in cooperation with U.S. companies, U.S. Government agencies, and other organizations.
- Global Partnership Initiative – A partnership, defined as a “collaborative working relationship” between the State Department and private agencies, non-governmental organizations, religious organizations, Diaspora members, and entrepreneurs. It’s purpose is to transcend borders and bring together communities in new ways to promote development and growth that will benefit all of the world’s citizens.
United States International Trade Commission
Information on international trade laws and regulations can be accessed through this independent federal agency, which determines import injury to U.S. industries.
United States Small Business Administration
The U.S. Small Business Administration provides export information and development assistance to help small businesses take advantage of export markets, including trade counseling, training, legal assistance and publications.
United States Trade and Development Agency
The USTDA is a foreign assistance agency that delivers its program commitments through overseas grants, contracts with U.S. firms, and the use of trust funds at several multilateral development bank groups. Information about emerging markets can be obtained through this site.
United States Trade Representative
USTR provides trade policy leadership and negotiating expertise. 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.