Vol. 12, No. 7, April 2010 

International Trade 

[Updated 7/09/12]


United States International Trade Commission (USITC)

The United States International Trade Commission is an independent, quasi-judicial federal agency with broad investigative responsibilities on matters of trade. The agency investigates the effects of dumped and subsidized imports on domestic industries and conducts global safeguard inquiries. The Commission also adjudicates cases involving imports that allegedly infringe on intellectual property rights. The mission of the USITC is to (1) administer U.S. trade laws within its mandate in a fair and objective manner; (2) provide the President, U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) and Congress with independent analysis, information, and support on matters of tariffs, international trade, and U.S. competitiveness; and (3) maintain the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS).

Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the United States Department of the Treasury

The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the U.S. Department of the Treasury administers and enforces economic and trade sanctions based on U. S. foreign policy and national security goals. Responsibilities include oversight of targeted foreign countries and regimes, terrorists, international narcotics traffickers, those engaged in activities related to the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, and other threats to the national security or economy of the United States. OFAC also publishes the Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) List of those individuals and organizations with whom U.S. citizens and permanent residents are prohibited from doing business.

International Trade Administration (ITA) of the United States Department of Commerce

The International Trade Administration manages this global trade site to provide access to ITA information on promoting trade and investment, strengthening the competitiveness of U.S. industry, and ensuring fair trade and compliance with U.S. trade laws and agreements. The ITA's Market Access and Compliance (MAC) Unit's objective is to obtain market access for American firms and workers and to achieve full compliance by foreign nations with all trade agreements, as monitored by the Trade Compliance Center (TCC) of the ITA. This site also provides links to statutes and regulations affecting international trade, as well as documents of the Uruguay Round Agreements Act, text of multilateral agreements on trade in goods, and administrative statements on rules and procedures governing dispute settlements.

United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL)

This site, maintained by the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law, contains links to law related to contracts for the international sale of goods (CISG), security interests, international transportation of goods, electronic commerce, international payments, and procurement and infrastructure development. It also features links to CLOUT, an international database of case law and arbitral awards, and U. N. General Assembly Resolutions and Committee Reports related to international trade. 

Trans-Lex.org Law Research

This site is a free research and codification platform maintained by the University of Cologne.  The searchable database provides links to U.S. and international cases, agreements, and journal articles.  It is possible to search the entire website, or to browse through any of the four Sections of TransLex: Principles, Bibliography, Materials or Links. 


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