Guide to abbreviations and acronyms.
The Bureau of Industry and Security controls exports for national security, foreign policy, and short supply reasons. It administers the Export Administration Act by developing export control policies, issuing export licenses, and prosecuting violators.
The Foreign Trade Division formulates, develops, and implements plans and programs for the collection, processing, and dissemination of statistical data relating to the United States merchandise trade with foreign countries and U.S. possessions.
Information about buying US products
The Central Intelligence Agency's database of information about most countries in the world. Includes economic, geographical and demographic information.
The International Trade Administration provide the following services: The Commercial Service, which provides business counseling to U.S. exporters in 83 domestic offices and 134 overseas offices in 69 countries; Trade Development, whose industry sector specialists provide information and analysis to U.S. exporters, policy makers and all trade negotiators; Market Access and Compliance, whose country experts provide invaluable market analysis to U.S. business; and Import Administration, which safeguards the American economy from unfairly priced imports.
Ex-Im Bank provides guarantees of working capital loans for U.S. exporters, guarantees the repayment of loans or makes loans to foreign purchasers of U.S. goods and services and provides credit insurance against non-payment by foreign buyers for political or commercial risk.
More than 70 agencies in the United States Federal Government produce statistics of interest to the public. The Federal Interagency Council on Statistical Policy maintains this site to provide easy access to the full range of statistics and information produced by
these agencies for public use.
Agency of the US Department of Agriculture that oversees all importing and exporting of agricultural products for the USA. Information about importing and exporting agricultural products into and from the USA.
"Hands-on" workshop designed to demonstrate how to maximize retrieval of USA federal government information on the Web.
Tariff and trade data from the U.S. Department of Commerce, the U.S. Treasury, and the U.S. International Trade Commission.
Web site of the US Depaterment of Commerce about opportunities in rebuilding Iraq.
Entry to Library of Congress documents and exhibits
Contact information for state trade offices, trade finance offices, trade centers, and foreign trade zones. There are also listings of the local or regional offices of the following U.S. Government agencies: the U.S. Department of Commerce (International Trade Administration, U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service, Bureau of Export Administration, and Minority Business Development Administration), the Export-Import Bank of the United States, the Small Business Administration, the U.S. Agency for International Development, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Website that tracks quotas levels and other regulations on textile imports into the US
The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) is responsible for developing and coordinating U.S. international trade, commodity, and direct investment policy, and leading or directing negotiations with other countries on such matters.
The Overseas Private Investment Corporation is an independent U.S. Government agency that assists U.S. companies investing in some 140 emerging economies around the world.
A thorough overview of SBA resources for international trade, including SBA loans for exporters.
The Code of Federal Regulations is a codification of the general and permanent rules published in the Federal Register by the Executive departments and agencies of the Federal Government.
Helps U.S. exporters receive the fullest benefits from the more than 200 trade agreements the United States has concluded. The TCC ensures that: (1) trade agreements entered into by the United States are properly monitored; (2) compliance issues are addressed promptly; and (3) U.S. exporters are provided access to information on the opportunities created by U.S. government market opening initiatives.
The U.S. Department of Commerce's center for information about all federal export assistance programs, as well country and regional market information.
A large database funded by the California Export Assistance Center of the US Department of Commerce. Among resources are the daily Trade Opportunities from the National Trade Database.
Online directory of US Federal information products and services. Allows users to search listings in the GPO Publications reference File, recent issues of the Monthly Catalog of US Government Publications and the Congressional Bill Digest.
The U.S. diplomatic representation to the European Union. The staff of the U.S. Mission includes representatives from the Department of State (Political, Economic and Public Affairs Section), the Foreign Agricultural Service, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, the Foreign Commercial Service, the U.S. Customs Service, the Department of Justice, Department of Defense and the U.S. Agency for International Development.
Searchable database that provides USA Customs duty rates and other import information for most commodities
Report of the United States General Accounting Office (January 2004) about US Foreign Trade Agreements.
The foreign aid agency of the US government. This site includes many opportunities for international sales through aid programs.
Site that has a global listing of trade events, international market research, and practical tools to help with every step of the export process.
The USITC is an independent, quasi-judicial federal agency that provides objective trade expertise to both the legislative and executive branches of government, determines the impact of imports on U.S. industries, and directs actions against certain unfair trade practices. The agency also updates and publishes the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States.
Links to information about importing into the USA
Home page of US Customs and Border Protection
This easy-to-use site has a wealth of information for USA .companies looking to export their products, and international companies who are looking for U.S. suppliers. By simply clicking on the questions you want answered, you'll find Web-based resources to help you. You'll find everything from reports and statistics on the best markets for your products, to government programs that will help you, to step-by-step explanations of how to get started. This site can help any business make a good start in broadening its markets.
USIA's mission is to understand, inform and influence foreign publics in promotion of the national interest, and to broaden the dialogue between Americans and U.S. institutions and their counterparts abroad.
The homepage of the Patent and Trademark Office of the U.S. government providing resources and databases on the issue of patents and trademarks.
The U.S. Trade and Development Agency provides funding of feasibility studies, orientation visits, specialized training grants, business workshops, and various forms of technical assistance, that enable American businesses to compete for infrastructure and industrial projects in middle-income and developing countries.
Responsible for developing and coordinating U.S. international trade, commodity, and direct investment policy, and leading or directing negotiations with other countries on such matters.
Specific U.S. export and import information on more than 18,000 commodities world wide