USTR - Fact Sheet,6/10en-usFACT SHEET: Trade, Illegal Wildlife Trafficking, and National Security TRADE PROTECTS AMERICAN JOBS AND AMERICAN FAMILIES. The United States has negotiated trade agreements that protect American innovation and demand high standards for goods. The Obama Administration has made clear that we will go to the mat for our businesses and families. 2014-06-16T04:00:00FACT SHEET: Obama Administration Removes Barriers to Food and Agriculture Exports In 2013, the Obama Administration opened markets worldwide by resolving unwarranted sanitary (human and animal health) and phytosanitary (plant health) barriers to the exportation of a wide range of food and agricultural products.  While each country should implement necessary measures to protect human, animal, and plant health, some countries impose arbitrary import restrictions to protect their products from foreign competition.  Expanding U.S. 2014-03-31T04:00:00Fact Sheet: New Proposal on Tobacco Regulation in the Trans-Pacific PartnershipOFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES TRADE REPRESENTATIVEEXECUTIVE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENTWASHINGTON, D.C.______________________________ NEW U.S. PROPOSAL ON TOBACCO REGULATION IN THE TRANS-PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP Sheet: Expanding Food and Agricultural Exports: Successes in Reducing Sanitary and Phytosanitary Barriers04/01/2013EXPANDING FOOD AND AGRICULTURAL EXPORTS: SUCCESSES IN REDUCING SANITARY AND PHYTOSANITARY BARRIERS in the U.S.-Panama Trade Promotion AgreementThe U.S.-Panama Trade Promotion Agreement (“the Agreement”) creates new opportunities for U.S. farmers, ranchers, workers, and food processors seeking to export to Panama, one of the fastest growing economies in Latin America. This comprehensive Agreement will eliminate tariffs and other barriers to U.S. exports, promote economic growth, and expand trade between our two countries. AgricultureThe Dominican Republic-Central America-United States Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR) was implemented on a rolling basis. El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua entered into force in 2006 and the Dominican Republic in 2007. Costa Rica joined CAFTA-DR on January 1, 2009. Markets Open: Successes in Reducing Sanitary and Phytosanitary Barriers to American ExportsOn March 30, 2011, United States Trade Representative Ron Kirk transmitted to Congress and the President USTR’s second annual report highlighting the Administration’s efforts to confront key sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) barriers that American farmers, ranchers, and producers face when they seek to sell their products around the world. The report demonstrates the Administration’s commitment to keeping global markets open to U.S. agricultural products. Removing foreign trade barriers is a key component of President Obama’s goal of doubling U.S. exports by the end of 2014. Economic IssuesU.S.-China Economic IssuesThe White House, Office of the Press Secretary Trade Policy to Help Small Businesses Export and Create Jobs: Key Findings from the USITC Reports on SMEsAs part of USTR’s Small Business Initiative, Ambassador Ron Kirk requested the independent U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) to conduct a three studies analyzing the role of SMEs in generating U.S. exports and employment; highlighting barriers reported by SMEs and benefits to SMEs of increased export opportunities; and identifying trade barriers that disproportionately affect SME export performance in manufacturing, services and agriculture. These findings will help inform U.S. Agenda with Japan Yields ResultsThe United States remains actively engaged with Japan on a broad agenda of regulatory and related reforms to further open Japan 's market and help spur greater economic growth and competition through new commercial opportunities and improvements to Japan's business environment.The focal point for this intensive engagement has been the U.S.-Japan Regulatory Reform and Competition Policy Initiative (Regulatory Reform Initiative), launched in mid-2001 and now in its eighth year.