International Trade Administration Definition

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International Trade Administration (ITA) Definition

The International Trade Administration (ITA) is an agency that promotes the US exports of products and services of non-agricultural nature in the Department of Commerce in the United States. It was established on 2nd Jan 1980 and its headquarter is in Washington DC. There are more than twenty-two hundred employees and its budget is in millions. In 2017, it helped around 30500 business units across fifty states of the United States.

A Little More on What is the International Trade Administration

The stated objectives of ITA (International Trade Administration) are to

Give practical information in order to assist American in the selection of products and markets.

Make sure that the global markets are accessible to the Americans as needed by the United States trade agreements.

Protect Americans from unjust business competition from subsidized and plunged imports.

The United States Commercial Service, through the SCP program (Strategic Corporate Partnership), [2] has PPP agreements (Public Private Partnership) with seventeen private institutions. It includes many banking institutions, regulatory and legal institutions, event organizers, the publisher of CN (Commercial News) the United States of America, shipping and transportation institutions, companies of risk in trading service and the magazine of official export marketing in the United States Department of Commerce. The Federation of International Trade Associations (FITA) is an e-commerce partner. Under this federation, on, the USCS (United States Commercial Service) conducts market research and presents more reports.

The USC IT (Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade) heads the International Trade Administration (ITA), who is the Principal Advisor of the Secretary of Commerce (SoC) on the American imports as well exports. In the Commerce Department of ITA (International Trade Administration), the head is the “Under Secretary”.

The Under Secretary of CIT (Commerce for International Trade) is the Principal officer of the US Department of Commerce. His responsibilities involve the Promotion of American exports and helping common trade worldwide. Being the administrator of ITA (International Trade Administration), the Under Secretary acts as an active member of Board of Directors of the OPIC (Overseas Private Investment Corporation). He works as an active member of the TPC (Tourism Policy Council) and the NIPC (National Intellectual Property Council). He takes part in the progress of the US trade strategy, points out and resolves access to the market and compliance problems, supervises laws of the American trade. He takes the responsibility of promoting trade and making efforts for commercial advocacy.

As far as the position of the Under Secretary is concerned, the USC IT has level 3 rank in the Executive Schedule. Since Jan 2014, the rate of salary for level 3 officers is 167,000 USD per annum.

References for the International Trade Administration

Academic Research on the International Trade Administration

  • Nation-state and pluralistic decision making in trade policy: The case of the International Trade Administration, Hansen, W. L., & Park, K. O. (1995). International Studies Quarterly, 39(2), 181-211. The paper evaluates the standpoint of domestic and national-state interests and ITA’s attitude towards creating public policy. It provides an administrative safety to local industries. The International Trade Administration on behalf of local industries conducts an investigation on anti-dumping as well as on countervailing duty. ITA decides that industries should be protected according to the ITC framework. A helping model includes trade lobbying. Similarly, state-focused models depend on policy designers pursuits to enhance economic prosperity and make a strong foreign policy. A trade policy reflects the influence of particular group interest.
  • International trade administration commission tariff investigations: an analysis of the poultry and paper cases, Kwaramba, M., & Tregenna, F. (2014). Journal of economic and financial sciences, 7(Special issue 1), 619-640. The research investigates the performance of the South African International Trade Administration Commission especially considering the tariff investigations. The particular observation is on poultry along with paper tariffs. The analysis is on the economic background, evaluate parties, submissions, the process of tariff awareness and results, the time span of an investigation, interests rates and proposals by ITAC. Studies show that ITAC has altered its tariff mechanism in accordance with the South African plans of trade. The results show incapability of ITAC in relation to taxes inquiry timeframes.
  • An institutional analysis of the International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa, Tregenna, F., & Kwaramba, M. (2014). Journal of Economic and Financial Sciences, 7(Special issue 1), 641-660.This paper reviews the functioning and capacity of South African (ITAC) known as International Trade Administration Commission, observing its tariff functions. The comparison of the organizational structure of ITAC has been made to other developing states. In recent times, court rulings against ITAC decisions have decreased compared to past and this indicates the validity of decisions of the organization. ITAC constantly reviews human resources as well as business capacity standards. Organizational issues, policy recommendations, and tariff investigations are forwarded to authorities. The external department works jointly with institutions to evaluate tariffs. It complies with the economic regulations. The internal department investigates in-house commercial capacity and grading system.   

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