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 15 NAFTA and USMCA disputes involving 42 U.S. companies and 5 Trade Associations, over 5 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 Automotive Rules of Origin (USA-MEX-2022-31-01) hearing is being held in Washington, DC on August 2-3, 2022. Public attendance of this hearing is limited to a virtual live stream. To obtain access to the virtual live stream, please register here.

 

United States Trade Agreements Secretariat Staff

Vidya Desai, Secretary 

Jamie Merriman, Deputy Secretary

Julie Geiger, International Trade Specialist 

Garrett Peterson, International Trade Specialist 

 

Contact Information: 

Phone: 202-482-5438

Email: tradeagreementssecretariat@trade.gov 

 

Additional Resources:

Trilateral Secretariat Website

The United States Trade Representative

International Trade Administration FTA Tariff Tool (for tariff information)