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Industry Trade Advisory Committees (ITAC)

OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES TRADE REPRESENTATIVE
CHARTER OF THE INDUSTRY TRADE ADVISORY COMMITTEES

The Industry Trade Advisory Committees (ITACs) are an integral link between industry and the United States Government. Jointly administered by the Department of Commerce and the United States Trade Representative (USTR), the ITACs provide a unique public-private forum to ensure industry has a voice in formulating the trade policy of the United States. The industry advisors serving on the ITACs provide valuable input as the Administration advances its trade agenda to improve economic opportunities for America's businesses, workers, and consumers.

U.S. Government policy makers rely on our trade advisors to identify barriers and to provide advice on key objectives and bargaining positions for multilateral, bilateral, and regional trade negotiations, as well as other trade-related policy matters. As a result of these efforts, the United States is able to display a united front when it negotiates trade agreements with other nations. The United States' negotiating position is strengthened because its objectives are developed with bipartisan, private-sector input throughout the negotiations.

Commerce and the USTR created the Industry Trade Advisory Center to jointly administer the work of sixteen ITACs, a Committee of Chairs, and over 375 industry executives. The sixteen ITACs were created to reflect the manufacturing and services sectors of the U.S. economy, as well as issue-oriented matters that cut across all sectors. The Committee of Chairs was created to provide a channel for cross-sharing among the committees and to provide input with respect to other matters arising in connection with the development, implementation, and administration of the trade policy of the United States

For a list of ITAC members click here.

Minutes from the December 2010 ITAC Meeting can be found here.