Links to general and specific information on the American economy, agriculture,
money and banking, international trade and foreign aid.
Global Trade Agreements
Language of Trade
Issued by the U.S. Department of State, this publication contains a glossary of trade terminology, a list of acronyms used in international trade, and a chronology of major events in international trade since 1916.
The Pros and Cons of
Pursuing Free-Trade Agreements
Article from the U.S. Congressional Budget Office that briefly presents reasons for and against the pursuit of free-trade agreements.
Unleashing the Trade
Winds: A Building-Block Approach
An article written by the U.S. Trade Representative about the U.S. commitment to a free-trade policy.
Statistics on Trade
Provides links to statistics on U.S. international trade, research and development expenditures, and net oil imports.
Commerce and Trade
This report presents data on the flow of goods, services, and capital between the United States and other countries; changes in official reserve assets of the United States; international investments; and foreign assistance programs.
International Trade and
Investment: An Historical and Contemporary Survey of Research and Analysis
This report examines the benefits of adopting international economic policies that promote greater trade and investment.
Policy Agenda and Annual Report of the President of the United States on the
This report outlines the Administration's guiding trade principles and priorities, and reviews the major trade policy developments. It also chronicles U.S. activities in the World Trade Organization (WTO) and other multilateral forums, regional and bilateral trade negotiations, and trade law enforcement.
The Year in Trade:
Operation of the Trade Agreement Program
This report is one of the principal means by which the U.S. International Trade Commission provides Congress with factual information on trade policy and its administration. The trade agreements program includes "all activities consisting of, or related to, the administration of international agreements which primarily concern trade and which are concluded pursuant to the authority vested in the President by the Constitution" and congressional legislation.
National Trade Estimate Report on Foreign Trade Barriers
This report, prepared by the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR), surveys significant foreign barriers to U.S. exports. It also provides, where feasible, quantitative estimates of the impact of these foreign practices on the value of U.S. exports. Information is also included on some of the actions taken to eliminate foreign trade barriers.
Export Strategy - Report to Congress
This report from the Trade Promotion Coordinating Committee (TPCC) outlines the Administration's trade promotion policy.
Electronic Commerce: Definitions and Policy Implications
This report provides information on emerging issues regarding international electronic commerce (IEC), including: the U.S. Government's collection of data on IEC; the removal of obstacles and facilitation of IEC; the adaptation of commercial and legal frameworks; and the addressing of barriers through international trade agreements and negotiations.
U.S. Exports, General
Imports, and Trade Balance in Goods: 1970 to 2004
Table containing historical statistics on U.S. exports, general imports, and trade balance in goods.
U.S. Exports, Imports,
and Merchandise Trade Balance by Country: 2000-2004
Table presenting statistics on U.S. exports, imports, and merchandise trade balance by country.
The Global War on
This issue of Economic Perspectives demonstrates how the United States and its allies around the world continue to use all of our authorities, relationships and expertise to attack sources, conduits, and proceeds of the underwriters of terror.
Laying The Foundation For Economic Development
This issue of Economic Perspectives discusses insights from key government officials and leading scholars in the field of microenterprise on access to finance and enterprise development and its societal implications.
Region-Specific Trade Information
Full-text of the World Trade Agreement of 1994 which established the World Trade Organization (WTO).
Reform in the WTO - The Road Ahead
This U.S. Economic Research Service report quantifies the costs of global agricultural distortions and the potential benefits of their full elimination. It also analyzes the effects on U.S. and world agriculture if only partial reform is achieved in liberalizing tariffs, tariff-rate quotas (limits on imported goods), domestic support, and export subsidies.
Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS)
Text of the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS Agreement).
An Overview of the
Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS
A comprehensive text overview of the TRIPS Agreement.
World Intellectual Property
Background on the World Intellectual Property Organization, which is working to develop an international intellectual property system.
U.S. Trade Representative
(regional multilateral trade agreements)
Background on the U.S. Trade Representative, which is responsible for developing and coordinating U.S. international trade, commodity, and direct investment policy, and overseeing negotiations with other countries.
Association of Southeast
Background on the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, which works to promote economic growth, social progress, cultural development, peace and stability among countries in the region.
An overview of the European Union, including its function and history.
U.S. International Trade: Data and Forecasts
This report analyzes U.S. trade balances and provides comparative trade statistics. It also discusses recent developments in, and forecasts for, U.S. merchandise.
Top Ten Countries with
which the U.S. Trades
Values for the top ten countries with which the U.S. trades.
Top Ten Countries
with which the U.S. Has a Trade Deficit
Values for the top ten countries with which the U.S. has a trade deficit.
Top Ten Countries with which the U.S. has a
Values for the top ten countries with which the U.S. has a trade surplus.
U.S. Trade and
Investment with Sub-Saharan Africa - Fifth Annual Report
The Fifth Annual Report of the U.S. International Trade Commission. This report documents trade and investment flows between the U.S. and Sub-Saharan Africa.
Report on U.S. Trade and Investment Policy Toward Sub-Saharan Africa and
Implementation of the African Growth and Opportunity Act
This report, prepared by the Office of the United States Trade Representative, discusses U.S. trade and investment policy toward sub-Saharan Africa, including the implementation of
the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), the designation of AGOA beneficiary countries, the impact that AGOA has had on U.S. trade and investment with sub-Saharan Africa, and information on reforms being undertaken by AGOA beneficiary countries.
North American Free Trade Agreement Between The
Government of Canada, The Government of the United Mexican States and The
Government of the United States of America (NAFTA)
Links to the complete text of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) section-by-section. (Need Internet Access).
North American Free Trade
Links to the U.S. Trade Representative site on NAFTA. This site includes news, reports, and speeches.
NAFTA at Ten: A Decade of Strengthening a Dynamic Relationship
This brochure highlights the North American Free Trade Agreement's (NAFTA) record on expanding trade, creating jobs, and increasing foreign direct investment in the United States, Canada and Mexico. It also provides a snapshot of NAFTA's work on environmental, labor and border issues.
Sixth Report to Congress on the Operation of the Caribbean Basin Economic
This report prepared by the U.S. Trade Representative describes the Caribbean Basin Initiative. Also featured are statistics on U.S. trade with the Caribbean Basin countries, as well as brief reports assessing the performance of 15 countries in complying with eligibility criteria reflecting key U.S. policy objectives.
Second Report to Congress on the Operation of the Andean Trade Preference Act
The objective of the Andean Trade Preference Act (ATPA), as amended by the Andean Trade Promotion and Drug Eradication Act (ATPDEA) (together referred to as ATPA/ATPDEA), is to promote broad-based economic development, diversify exports, consolidate democracy, and defeat the scourge of drug trafficking by providing sustainable economic alternatives to drug-crop production in Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru. This report shows that the ATPA/ATPDEA continues to achieve this goal.
The Impact of the Andean Trade Preference Act
This document prepared by the U.S. Trade Representative reports on the impact of the Andean Trade Preference Act (ATPA) on U.S. industries and consumers.
Free Trade of the Americas
Links to information about the FTAA
A summary of APEC from the United States Trade Representative.