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USTR Releases 2018 National Trade Estimate Report

March 30, 2018

Report Builds on Administration’s Efforts to Remove Trade Barriers

Washington, DC – The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) today released the 2018 National Trade Estimate (NTE), an annual report documenting foreign trade and investment barriers facing American exports around the world.

“The President is fully committed to addressing unfair foreign trade barriers through tough enforcement and the negotiation of new agreements that increase U.S. exports and support high-paying jobs for all Americans,” said Ambassador Robert Lighthizer.  “We will use every available tool to ensure Americans are treated fairly.”

The findings of the 2018 NTE build upon the major pillars of President Trump’s 2018 Trade Policy Agenda to secure market access for American farmers, ranchers and exporters, and hold our trading partners accountable by enforcing U.S. trade laws.

To view the 2018 National Trade Estimate, click here.


The NTE is the U.S. government’s major annual report on the barriers to trade, investment, and services that American exporters and other businesses and their workers encounter around the world. The report is required to be published each year by March 31 and is submitted to the President and Congress.  The USTR works closely with other government agencies and U.S. embassies to prepare the NTE.

Fact Sheets:

For a fact sheet on the major developments in the 2018 NTE, click here.

For a fact sheet on reducing technical barriers to trade highlighted in the 2018 NTE, click here.

For a fact sheet on successes in sanitary and phytosanitary (agricultural) standards highlighted in the 2018 NTE, click here.

For a fact sheet on digital trade issues highlighted in the 2018 NTE, click here.