Industry Trade Advisory Center
The Industry Trade Advisory Committees (ITACs) are a unique public-private partnership. They are jointly managed by the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Office of United States Trade Representative (USTR). ITACs engage business leaders in formulating U.S. trade policy.
As part of the USTR-led trade advisory committee system, the Department of Commerce and USTR co-administer fourteen ITACs. More than 300+ trade advisors provide detailed policy and technical advice, making recommendations to the Secretary of Commerce and The United States Trade Representative. Recommendations regard trade barriers, negotiations of trade agreements and implementation of existing trade agreements that affect industry sectors. The committees also perform other advisory functions relevant to U.S. trade policy matters.
U.S. Government policy makers rely on our trade advisors to identify barriers and to provide advice on key objectives and bargaining positions. This advice covers multilateral, bilateral, and regional trade negotiations, as well as other trade-related policy matters. As a result of these efforts, the United States is able to display a united front when it negotiates trade agreements with other nations. The United States’ negotiating position is strengthened because its objectives are developed with bipartisan, private-sector input throughout the negotiations.
Commerce and the USTR created the Industry Trade Advisory Center to jointly administer the work of fourteen ITACs, and over 300 industry executives. The fourteen ITACs were created to reflect the manufacturing and services sectors of the U.S. economy, as well as issue-oriented matters that cut across all sectors.