Press Release

Assistant Secretary and Director General Arun Venkataraman Announces a “New Era” of the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service

Wednesday, May 15, 2024
Contact: Office of Public Affairs
Phone: 202-482-3809

WASHINGTON - Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Global Markets and Director General of the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service Arun Venkataraman issued a statement on the development of a new suite of tools and services to help U.S. businesses engage in exporting.

“Today marks the beginning of a new era for the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service. America’s economy benefits significantly from its robust export sector, and we are proud to introduce a suite of new tools and services to help U.S. businesses seize the power of the international marketplace to boost sales and create high paying jobs in the process. We are harnessing the power of cutting-edge technology to transform our customers’ interaction with ITA’s vital resources including exporting information, guidance, and roadmaps to understand foreign market opportunities, connect with buyers, secure finance, and ultimately fast track to global success. Our team of commercial officers and trade specialists, located in more than 100 U.S. cities and 80 international markets, are available in person and online to assist you throughout your export journey. We are proud to be your partner.”

Among the new web-based tools and services currently under development include the Global Business Navigator—the U.S. government’s first AI-powered ChatBot for exporter information. Also available are an Aspiring Exporter Roadmap and Export Nation podcast series which aim to provide new-to-export businesses with information and resources along their exporting journey.


About the International Trade Administration
The International Trade Administration (ITA) at the U.S. Department of Commerce is the premier government resource for American companies competing in the global marketplace. Operating in more than 100 U.S. locations and 80 markets worldwide, ITA promotes trade and investment, assists U.S. businesses and workers to export and expand globally, and ensures fair trade and compliance by enforcing U.S. trade laws and agreements. For more information on ITA, visit

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