Bilateral Trade Affairs

Date: 04/12/2018 Description: A container ship is unloaded at the Port of Oakland on Thursday, April 12, 2018, in Oakland, California. © AP Image

The Office of Bilateral Trade Affairs (BTA) promotes free, fair, and reciprocal trade on behalf of American exporters and their workers. We engage directly with foreign governments to ensure that American businesses can compete and succeed in overseas markets. BTA plays a key role in developing, negotiating, implementing, and enforcing U.S. trade policy in every region of the world, including through free trade agreements, trade and investment framework agreements, and trade preference programs. We regularly meet with the private sector, civil society, academia, other U.S. government agencies, and Congress to ensure that U.S. foreign policy reflects the vital importance of trade to American prosperity.