This guide presents the essential sources for researching the former GATT and the current system under the Uruguay Round agreements and the World Trade Organization. NOTE: Main tabs list general sources that might not be repeated in the dropdown tabs.
Last Updated: May 12, 2017
- U.S. International Trade Law Library, HeinOnline
- Office of the U.S. Trade Representative
A Cabinet member, the U.S. Trade Representative works in the WTO, in other regional trade fora and with U.S. trading partners as the President's principal trade policy advisor, negotiator and spokesperson on trade and trade-related investment issues. The agency has administrative responsibility for the Generalized System of Preferences, Section 301 complaints against foreign unfair trade practices, Section 1377, Section 337, and import relief cases under Section 201. The website has summaries and the texts of the WTO agreements, speeches, testimony, press releases, Federal Register notices, reports, etc.
- International Trade Administration
The ITA provides practical information to help businesses select markets and products. The Market Access and Compliance unit works with foreign governments to make sure the U.S. is getting the benefits due under its trade agreements. The Trade Compliance Center takes complaints from U.S. businesses, and monitors, investigates and evaluates foreign government compliance with the trade agreements. The Import Administration defends U.S. businesses against foreign dumping and subsidies and administers the Foreign Trade Zones. The ITA website has news, press releases, laws, administrative materials, E-Forms, background information, TradeStats Express, and more.
- International Trade Commission
The ITC (formerly the U.S. Tariff Commission) is an independent, non-partisan, quasi-judicial federal agency that administers U.S. trade remedy laws, provides analysis and information to the President, the USTR and the Congress, and maintains the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States. The website also has ITC investigative and fact-finding reports. The Information Center has online filings, notices, and the Interactive Tariff and Trade Data Webwhich provides free international trade statistics and U.S. tariff data.
- Dept. of Commerce
- United States Court of International Trade
With broader jurisdiction and powers than its predecessor the U.S. Customs Court, the Court of International Trade has exclusive jurisdiction to decide any civil action against the U.S., its officers or its agencies arising out of any law pertaining to international trade and certain civil actions under laws on import transactions. The website includes information for attorneys, rules, forms, and slip opinions since 1999.
- United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
In 1982, Congress merged the U.S. Court of Customs and Patent Appeals and the U.S. Court of Claims to form the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. The jurisdiction of the Court includes appeals from final decisions of the Court of International Trade and appeals from final determinations of the International Trade Commission on unfair practices in import trade. The website of the Court has rules, forms, calendar and docket information, and opinions and orders.
- export.gov, Helping U.S. Companies Export
- Country Reports on Economic Policy and Trade Practices, 1993-1999, Dept. of State
Annual Department of State report to Congress, also prepared for the Senate Finance Committee, the House International Relations Committee, and the House Ways and Means Committee, in compliance with Omnibus Trade and Competitiveness Act of 1988 Section 2202, reviewing economic policies and trade practices of countries with which the U.S. has an economic or trade relationship.
- Country Reports on Economic Policy and Trade Practices, Dept. of State, Proquest Congressional
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