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Trade Agreements
Monitoring and Compliance


Trade Agreements
Monitoring and Compliance

How contacting the TCC can help you

www.trade.gov/tcc

Trade Compliance Center

Trade Compliance Center

. The TCC coordinates Commerce's monitoring of and compliance with U.S. trade agreements and provides a gateway to a network of resources assisting exporters and investors in combating foreign trade barriers.

What is trade agreements compliance and why is it important?

What is trade agreements compliance and why is it important?

. Assists you in gaining market access abroad

. Ensures foreign countries comply with U.S. trade agreements to level the international playing field.

. Promotes U.S. exports and supports U.S. jobs

. Creates confidence in and support for future trade agreements to open other markets

What is Commerce's Trade Agreements Monitoring and Compliance Program?

What is Commerce's Trade Agreements Monitoring and Compliance Program?

. Top priority for the Commerce Department

. Comprised of 3 Key Elements:

- Pro-Active Monitoring

- Compliance Action and Case Work

- Outreach to U.S. Suppliers

. Coordinated with USTR, Department of State and other agencies

Trade Agreements Monitoring:
What kinds of barriers do firms face?

Trade Agreements Monitoring:
What kinds of barriers do firms face?

. Excessive tariff and customs barriers

. Discriminatory rules of origin, certificates of origin, or import licensing requirements

. Burdensome standards, testing, labeling, or certification requirements

. Lack of Intellectual Property Rights protection

. Non-transparent government procurement procedures

How We Identify Cases

How We Identify Cases

Direct Contact from Company

MAC Trade Agreement Specialists

Trade Agreements Compliance Program

Congress

MAC Country Desk Officers

Proactive Monitoring

Compliance Liaison Program

District Export Councils

Other Agencies and

Officers at Posts

Trade

Associations

MAS Specialists

U.S. Export Assistance Centers

Outreach and Training

State Organizations

Foreign Commercial Service

TCC Complaint Hotline www.trade.gov/tcc

Stop Fakes Website www.stopfakes.gov

Submit your complaint to
The TCC's Trade Complaint Hotline:

www.trade.gov/tcc

Submit your complaint to
The TCC's Trade Complaint Hotline:

TCC Receives Your Inquiry

TCC Receives Your Inquiry

. TCC Forms Team, bringing relevant experts into analysis

. Sends Interim response to you to let you know we are working on your inquiry

. Works with you toward a solution

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DOC Team Investigates Complaints

Team analyzes evidence and investigates

Identifies issue as unfair treatment or potential foreign trade barrier problem

Gathers additional facts and verifies information

Determines specific trade agreement obligation, if any

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DOC Team Attacks Complaint

Team Initiates Case

Identifies the company's desired outcome(s) and sets success goal

Crafts Action Plan, outlining general strategy to successfully resolve issue

Involves other interagency resources, as needed

Presses for resolution as quickly as possible, short of dispute settlement

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Issue Resolution

Success !

Goal is reached and company is satisfied with USG assistance.

.Or your company withdraws for internal reasons or resolves case some other way.

.Or we determine that no further USG action is possible or desirable.

.Or together we decide to consider referral for formal dispute settlement.

Use our Free Resources
Available from the TCC Web site: www.trade.gov/tcc

Use our Free Resources
Available from the TCC Web site:
www.trade.gov/tcc

. TCC's Trade Complaint "Hotline"

. Checklist of common trade problems

. Texts of over 270 trade agreements

. Exporter Guides: concise explanations in laymen's terms of key trade agreements

. Market Access News

. WTO Standards Notifications - "Notify U.S."

. Mailing List: Subscribers receive weekly "What's New" e-mail updates on trade news

. StopFakes.gov with IPR Information

Contact the TCC at:

www.trade.gov/tcc

Email: tcc@mail.doc.gov
Phone: 202-482-1191
Fax: 202-482-6097

Contact the TCC at:

www.trade.gov/tcc


Email: tcc@mail.doc.gov
Phone: 202-482-1191
Fax: 202-482-6097