Export Trading Company

A corporation or other business unit organized and operated principally for the purpose of exporting goods and services, or of providing export related services to other companies. An ETC can be owned by foreigners and can import, barter, and arrange sales between third countries, as well as export.


The Export Trading Company Act of 1982 exempts authorized trading companies from certain provisions of U.S. antitrust laws.

See Export Trading Company Act.

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