The Interagency Trade Enforcement Center (ITEC) was created by an Executive Order on February 28, 2012, to take a "whole-of-government" approach to monitoring and enforcing Americans' trade rights around the world. ITEC uses expertise from across the federal government to assert U.S. trade rights obtained through various international trade agreements.
As the federal government's primary coordinator of international and domestic trade enforcement, ITEC helps to ensure that America's trading partners abide by their obligations, including by maintaining open markets on a non-discriminatory basis, and by following rules-based procedures in a transparent way. ITEC leverages and mobilizes the federal government's resources and expertise to address unfair foreign trade practices and barriers. Personnel from contributing agencies form an expanded team of experienced trade litigators, language-proficient researchers, subject matter experts, and economic analysts who can help to increase engagement with foreign trade partners at the World Trade Organization and to use domestic trade enforcement authorities when necessary.