International Trade Administration

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International Trade Administration
Agency overview
FormedJanuary 2, 1980
Headquarters1401 Constitution Ave. NW
Washington, D.C.
Employees1,966 (2013) [1]
Annual budgetUS$497 million (est. 2015)
US$460.5 million (2014)
US$438.5 million (2013) [1]
Agency executive
Parent agencyDepartment of Commerce

The International Trade Administration (ITA) is an agency in the United States Department of Commerce that promotes United States exports of nonagricultural U.S. services and goods.


The ITA's stated goals are to

  1. Provide practical information to help Americans select markets and products.
  2. Ensure that Americans have access to international markets as required by the U.S. trade agreements.
  3. Safeguard Americans from unfair competition from dumped and subsidized imports.


ITA consists of three sub-units. These are: Industry and Analysis (I&A), Global Markets (GM), and Enforcement and Compliance (E&C).

  • Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade
    • Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade
    • Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Global Markets and Director General of the U.S. Commercial Service
      • Office of Strategic Planning
      • Deputy Director General of the U.S. Commercial Service
        • Office of Foreign Service and Human Capital
        • Office of Budget
        • Business Information Technology Office
        • Office of Administrative Services
      • Deputy Assistant Secretary for Global Markets
        • Global Knowledge Center
        • SelectUSA
      • Office of Domestic Operations
      • Office of China
      • Office of Europe, the Middle East, and Africa
      • Office of Asia
      • Office of the Western Hemisphere
      • Advocacy Center
    • Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Industry and Analysis
      • Office of Manufacturing
        • Office of Transportation and Machinery
        • Office of Energy and Environment
        • Office of Health & Information Technology
      • Office of Services
        • Office of Finance & Insurance Industries
        • Office of Digital Services Industries
        • Office of Supply Chain, Professional, & Business Services
      • Office of Trade Policy and Analysis
        • Office of Trade & Economic Analysis
        • Office of Trade Negotiations & Analysis
        • Office of Standards & Investment Policy
        • Office of Intellectual Property Rights
      • Office of Textiles, Consumer Goods, and Materials
        • Office of Consumer Goods
        • Office of Textiles & Apparel
        • Office of Materials Industries
      • National Travel and Tourism Office
        • Office of Travel and Tourism Industries
      • Office of Advisory Committees and Industry Outreach
      • Office of Trade Programs and Strategic Partnerships
      • Office of Planning, Coordination, and Management
      • Trade Agreement Secretariat
    • Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Enforcement and Compliance
      • Office of Anti-Dumping and Countervailing Duties Operations
      • Office of Policy and Negotiations

The U.S. Commercial Service, through its Strategic Corporate Partnership program,[2] has Public Private Partnership agreements with 17 private organizations, including several banks, legal and regulatory organizations, transportation and shipping organizations, event organizers, trade risk service companies and the publisher of Commercial News USA, the official export promotion magazine of the U.S. Department of Commerce, The ecommerce partner is the Federation of International Trade Associations under which the USCS contributes market research and other reports on[3]


United States
Under Secretary of Commerce
for International Trade
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Joseph Semsar

since October 2019
FormationJanuary 1, 1989
WebsiteOfficial website

The ITA was created on January 2, 1980 and is headed by the Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade (USC(IT)), the principal adviser to the Secretary of Commerce on American imports and exports. The Under Secretary is the head of the International Trade Administration within the Commerce Department.

The Under Secretary is appointed by the President of the United States with the consent of the United States Senate. The last presidential appointee was Gilbert B. Kaplan, who was nominated by President Trump for the position of Under Secretary for International Trade on April 11, 2017, and confirmed by the Senate on March 13, 2018. Gilbert Kaplan left the position in late 2019. Joseph C. Semsar is currently Acting Under Secretary.


The Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade is the principal officer of the United States Department of Commerce charged with promoting American exports and assisting general international trade. As the Administrator of the International Trade Administration,[4] the Under Secretary also sits on the Board of Directors of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, and serves as a member of the Tourism Policy Council[5] and the National Intellectual Property Council.[6] The Under Secretary participates in the development of United States trade policy, identifies and resolves market access and compliance issues, administers American trade laws, and undertakes a range of trade promotion and trade advocacy efforts.

With the rank of Under Secretary, the USC(IT) is a Level III position within the Executive Schedule. Since January 2014, the annual rate of pay for Level III appointees is $167,000.[7]

Reporting officials[edit]

Officials reporting to the USC(IT) include:

  • Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade
  • Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Global Markets and Director General of the U.S. & Foreign Commercial Service
  • Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Enforcement and Compliance
  • Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Industry and Analysis

List of Under Secretaries[edit]

Name Assumed office Left office Appointed by
Robert E. Herzstein 1980 1981 Jimmy Carter
Lionel H. Olmer 1981 1985 Ronald Reagan
S. Bruce Smart 1985 1987
W. Allen Moore 1987 1989
J. Michael Farren 1989 1992 George H. W. Bush
Timothy Hauser (Acting) 1992 1993
Jeffrey Garten 1993 1995 Bill Clinton
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David Rothkopf
1995 1996
Timothy Hauser (Acting) 1996 1996
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Stuart E. Eizenstat
April 1996 June 6, 1997
David L. Aaron 1997 2000
Robert LaRussa 2000 2001
Timothy Hauser (Acting) 2001 2001
Grant D. Aldonas 2001 2005 George W. Bush
Rhonda Keenum (Acting) May 25, 2005 March 20, 2007
Timothy Hauser (Acting) 2005 2005
Peter Lichtenbaum (Acting) 2005 2005
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Frank Lavin
2005 2007
Michelle O'Neill (Acting) 2007 2007
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Christopher A. Padilla
December 19, 2007 January 20, 2009
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Frank Sanchez
March 29, 2010 November 2013 Barack Obama
Kenneth E. Hyatt (Acting) 2013 2014
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Stefan M. Selig
June 4, 2014 June 2016
Kenneth E. Hyatt 2016 2018
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Gilbert B. Kaplan
March 20, 2018 Incumbent Donald Trump

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b ITA 2015 Budget Estimates Retrieved on 2014-08-01.
  2. ^ Our Partners. Retrieved on 2013-08-12.
  3. ^ partners - International trade content and service providers. Retrieved on 2013-08-12.
  4. ^ "Biography of Stefan Selig". Retrieved August 19, 2014.
  5. ^ "US CODE: Title 22,2124. Tourism Policy Council". Retrieved September 22, 2007.
  6. ^ "US CODE: Title 15,1128. National Intellectual Property Law Enforcement Coordination Council". Retrieved September 22, 2007.
  7. ^ "Office of Personnel Management Rates of Basic Pay for the Executive Schedule (EX)" (PDF). Retrieved August 1, 2014.

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