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• Learn about changes to trade promotion and support in the US
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• Read about the latest issues in international trade on a lively blog from Datamyne

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Obama Proposes Trade Agencies Merger

On January 20 President Barack Obama will submit a bill to Congress that will merge six U.S. government agencies that promote trade: The US Trade Representative (USTR), The US Small Business Administration, The US Export-Import Bank, Overseas Private Investment Corp. (The OPIC), The Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) and parts of the Commerce Department.

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The goal of creating a single agency for the promotion of U.S. trade is twofold: cost savings and further stimulation of exports, reducing paperwork and facilitating access to support services for businesses. This proposal is part of President Obama’s National Export Initiative, a plan to double U.S. exports in 5 years from 2009 to 2014. So far in the period from November 2009 to November 2011, exports have increased only about 28%, from $140 billion to $180 billion

The agencies that are proposed to be merged are:
- The US Trade Representative, (USTR) with a staff of 227 professionals negotiates trade agreements and represents U.S. interests in multilateral international trade organizations
- The US Small Business Administration, which guarantees loans to small businesses, including three programs specifically for international trade-related businesses
- The US Export-Import Bank a credit agency for U.S. exports that provides guarantees and insurance for purchases of goods and services from the United States
- The Overseas Private Investment Corp.(OPIC), which is the U.S. Government’s development finance institution. It helps U.S. businesses gain a foothold in emerging markets by providing investors with financing, guarantees, political risk insurance, and support for private equity investment funds
-The Trade and Development Agency (USTDA), which provides export assistance for U.S. companies entering emerging markets by funding project planning activities such as feasibility studies, pilot projects, conferences and reverse trade missions
- The Commerce Department: The U.S. Department of Commerce has several agencies that assist SMEs in international trade. The International Trade Administration (ITA), a large part of the Department of Commerce, is the overall agency that will be included in the proposed merger. The ITA promotes U.S. trade and investment and is responsible for enforcement of U.S. trade laws and agreements.

It has four divisions:
U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service - 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 Services - Strengthens U.S. competitiveness abroad by helping shape industry-specific trade policy
Market Access and Compliance - Assists U.S. companies and helps create trade opportunities through the removal of market access barriers
Import Administration - Enforces U.S. trade laws and agreements to prevent unfairly traded imports and to safeguard the competitive strength of U.S. businesses

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Investing in the USA

Invest in the USA is a site that helps identify investment opportunities in the United States. The site is designed to match foreign investors with opportunities throughout the United States. On Tuesday, January 31, 2012 Invest in the USA will sponsor a free online event that will showcase the United States as a premier business location and provide information on how to find state and federal programs and services related to business investment. For more information and registration look at

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The Datamyne Blog published by Datamyne, a leading provider of trade data and resources for effective international trade market research, is a lively discussion about some of the top international trade issues. Recent topics have included a report in orange juice imports into the US, trade related money laundering, trade with post-flood Thailand, and much more. And feel free to add your own comments!

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