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Exporting Professional & Business Services
Learn about opportunities and challenges facing the U.S. professional and business services industry in overseas markets

Export Services Professional Business Services

Become an exporter of professional and business services

The Office of Supply Chain, Professional, and Business Services (OSCPBS) at ITA helps ensure that U.S. professional and business services suppliers can provide their services across the globe. 

The Professional and Business Services (PBS) team advocates for and promotes the interests of U.S. providers of these services, including legal, accounting, and consulting services; architecture, engineering, and construction; education services; university and private sector research and development; and other business services. The PBS team is also a key source of expertise on services issues in U.S. trade agreement negotiations.

The sectors comprised within PBS industries pertain to professional, scientific, and technical activities that provide expert support to other industries. The numerous fields in this industry are connected by their reliance on highly skilled labor, and workers often require advanced degrees or certifications. An important contributor to employment and economic growth, private sector professional services in the United States contributed $2.7 trillion to U.S. gross domestic product (GDP) in 2020.

Learn more about the Office of Supply Chain, Professional, and Business Services, or explore below for insights and analysis on trade and global competitiveness for these important sectors. 

Are you looking to become a global provider of professional services?

The PBS team can provide analysis on overseas market-specific opportunities for U.S. providers of professional and business services. They can also help identify which countries and regions would be best suited for your services. 

Do you face policy or regulatory issues overseas?

PBS activities are regularly subject to licensing, certification, and other registration requirements to ensure specialists are properly qualified. Many such requirements ensure quality and efficacy of service, but complex and opaque regulations often pose unfair restrictions on services trade. Contact our trade specialists to discuss your trade issues.

Featured Reports from ITA Experts

Find the latest analysis on trends facing U.S. professional services companies in overseas markets.
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Market Profiles: Professional Services in Canada
Explore ITA's research on professional services trade in Canada, across a variety of sectors.
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Consulting Services: Strong International Presence
Gain insights into the competitiveness of U.S. consulting services overseas.
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Legal Services: A Growing Trade Surplus
Learn about how and where U.S. lawyers and law firms are active in international markets.

Key News and Reports

Professional Services: News and Resources
Stay up-to-date on recent professional services news, key reports, and the activities of ITA's Professional and Business Services team.
News: United States Bans Certain Services Exports to Russia
On May 8, the United States announced a ban on certain services exports to Russia, including accounting and management consulting services.
Report: OECD Data Shows Services Trade Liberalized in 2021
New data from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development shows that services trade across 50 countries liberalized in 2021.

ITA Resources


Data and Trends in the U.S. Professional & Business Services Industry

The latest available data on U.S. trade in professional and business services, as well as industry trends. 

Contact Our Professional & Business Services Experts

ITA’s Professional and Business Services team is ready to provide expertise and guidance on accounting, legal, education, consulting, and architecture and engineering services.