Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration - The ITA's Enforcement and Compliance unit enhances ITA’s responsibilities to enforce U.S. trade laws and ensure compliance with trade agreements negotiated on behalf of U.S. industry. "The ITA's function is to assess claims of a substantive unfair trade practice--i.e. to determine whether there has been a countervalailable subsidy or a sale a less than fair value (dumping.") Nutshell p. 152-3.
U.S. International Trade Commission - The mission of the Commission is to (1) administer U.S. trade remedy laws within its mandate in a fair and objective manner; (2) provide the President, USTR, and Congress with independent analysis, information, and support on matters of tariffs, international trade, and U.S. competitiveness; and (3) maintain the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS). It deals with trade dumping. "The ITC has a separate responsibility to assess causation and injury issues--i.e., to determine whether a practice has substantially caused or threatens to cause material injury to a domestic injury." Nutshell p. 153.
Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) - Premier export regulator. Source for regulations governing exports and country lists.
Imports are governed by a variety of legislation described in chapter 3 of International Trade and Economic Relations in a Nutshell below. Trade remedies such as anti-dumping responses are found in chapter 4. Exports depend primarily on regulation (see BIS above), but a description of the law is found in chapter 5 of the nutshell.
Office of the US Trade Representative - Trade Agreements - USTR has principal responsibility for administering U.S. trade agreements. This involves monitoring our trading partners' implementation of trade agreements with the United States, enforcing America's rights under those agreements, and negotiating and signing trade agreements that advance the President's trade policy. Click here for a list of free trade agreements.
Trade Topics in the Max Planck Encyclopedia