Trade Agreements Secretariat
The Trade Agreements Secretariat is responsible for the fair and impartial administration of dispute settlement actions under 14 U.S. Free Trade Agreements.
The Trade Agreements Secretariat (TAS) is responsible for the fair and impartial administration of dispute settlement actions under 14 U.S. Free Trade Agreements (FTAs). TAS works closely with counterparts in 20 FTA partner countries to ensure that the United States and its exporters are treated fairly and in accordance with agreed upon FTA commitments.
In instances where other countries may not be abiding by their FTA obligations, TAS performs a valuable compliance function to complement FTA enforcement actions and level the playing field for U.S. companies. There are currently 14 NAFTA and USMCA disputes involving 27 U.S. companies and 5 Trade Associations, over 5.1 million U.S. workers, and more than $241 billion in subject merchandise.
TAS Electronic Filing (e-filing) System:
The TAS electronic filing (e-filing) system is a new secure online system for administering disputes under Chapters 10 and 31 of USMCA.
Key Features of the E-filing System
Document Filing, Docketing, and Storage: Interested parties are able to file dispute documents electronically through the online system. The TAS e-filing system also logically organizes filings for easy access and serves as a central repository for all documents related to a dispute.
Account Creation: All users participating in and providing materials for proceedings are able to create secure accounts and file documents electronically. In addition, members of the public can create an account to view and download public documents associated with USMCA disputes.
Online Public Reading Room: All users within the TAS e-filing system, including the public, will be able to view public versions of dispute filings, timelines and service lists.
To access the TAS e-filing system, please visit tasefiling.gov
Recent FTA Dispute Settlement News and Announcements:
The Panel’s Final Report in the Automotive Rules of Origin dispute (USA-MEX-2022-31-01) was released by the Parties on January 11, 2023. The report can be publicly accessed on the TAS E-filing System.
United States Trade Agreements Secretariat Staff:
Vidya Desai, Secretary
Jamie Merriman, Deputy Secretary
Julie Maslanka, International Trade Specialist
Trilateral Secretariat Website
The United States Trade Representative
International Trade Administration FTA Tariff Tool (for tariff information)