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USTR Celebrates 50 Years

50th Anniversary Home  •  History  •  Accomplishments  •  Jobs •  Digital Library  •  Facts  •  Events 
Old Winder Building 

USTR History

Until the early 1960s, the Department of State was responsible for conducting U.S. trade and investment diplomacy and administering the President's trade agreement program.  In the Trade Expansion Act of 1962, Congress called for the President to appoint a Special Representative for Trade Negotiations to conduct U.S. trade negotiations. 

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Obama Administration Achievements 

Obama Administration Accomplishments

Under President Obama’s leadership, the United States’ trade policy supports American jobs by opening markets and creating opportunities for U.S. farmers, ranchers, manufacturers, and service providers to export more “Made in America” products to customers around the world.

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Made in USA Stamp

Jobs Supported by Trade

Jobs supported by goods exports pay 13-18% more than the U.S. national average. Read stories about who benefits from these jobs.

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Digital Photo Library

USTR Digital Library  

View photos of former USTRs, trade in action, and videos of USTR personnel working to increase trade around the world

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Did You Know?

Learn facts about trade and how it helps the American economy and American businesses and workers.

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Birthday Candles 

Events and Activities

USTR will be hosting various events and activities throughout the year.  Check the schedule for events near you.

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