United States Trade Representative

(U.S. government) A cabinet-level official with the rank of Ambassador who is the principal adviser to the president on international trade policy, and has responsibility for setting and administering overall trade policy. The U.S. Trade Representative is concerned with the expansion of U.S. exports; U.S. participation in the World Trade Organization (WTO), commodity issues; East-West and North-South trade; and direct investment related to trade. As Chairman of the U.S. Trade Policy Committee he is also the primary official responsible for U.S. participation in all international trade negotiations. Prior to the Trade Agreements Act of 1979, which created the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, the comparable official was known as the President’s Special Representative for Trade Negotiations (STR), a position first established by the Trade Expansion Act of 1962. Contact: United States Trade Representative; 600 17th St. NW; Washington, DC 20508 USA; Tel: [1] (888) 473-8787; Web: www.ustr.gov.

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