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Division for Trade Policy and Negotiations


International Trade Policy Advice and Issue Expertise

The Trade Policy and Negotiations (TPN) division advances U.S. trade policy consistent with U.S. national security and foreign policy priorities. TPN Officers open markets for U.S. products and services overseas and strengthen our trade relationships around the world to benefit all Americans. The TPN team partners with the U.S. Trade Representative, other federal agencies, the U.S. private sector, international organizations, foreign governments, and nongovernmental organizations to open new markets, resolve trade disputes, protect intellectual property rights, and promote agricultural and other innovation so American businesses succeed abroad, and our workers, farmers, and consumers enjoy the benefits of free and fair trade at home. TPN also cooperates with U.S. partners and allies and stakeholders from business, labor, and civil society to promote resilient critical supply chains, including through mechanisms such as the 2022 Supply Chain Ministerial, the U.S.-EU Trade and Technology Council, the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework, and the COVID-19 Global Action Plan, among others.

Policy Issues

Bilateral Trade Affairs

The Office of Bilateral Trade Affairs promotes free and fair trade on behalf of American exporters and their workers.

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Multilateral Trade Affairs

The Office of Multilateral Trade Affairs is on the front lines of global trade policy, building support for the President’s Trade Agenda.

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Agricultural Policy

The Office of Agricultural Policy supports American agriculture while protecting U.S. national security.

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Intellectual Property Enforcement

The Office of International Intellectual Property Enforcement (IPE) represents the genius of America to the world. Reflecting America’s imagination, intellectual property is the lifeblood of our economy.

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