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ITA OPEN GOVERNMENT BLOG – FEBRUARY 2015 Blog by Tim Truman

Trade.govThe International Trade Administration (ITA) is the premier resource for American companies competing in the global marketplace. With its mission to strengthen the competitiveness of U.S. industry, promote U.S. exports and business investment in the United States, and ensure fair trade through the rigorous enforcement of our trade laws and agreements, ITA is continuously improving its outreach to stakeholders, clients, and the general public.

 

ITA’s efforts to promote exports and business investment support President Obama’s National Export Initiative (NEI)/NEXT, SelectUSA, and the nation’s sustained economic growth. The President’s Open Data Initiative is a critical element of ITA’s efforts to help U.S. companies compete and win in global markets. Providing actionable information to U.S. companies, foreign buyers of U.S. goods and services, and foreign investors in projects that create jobs in the United States is a key strategy within the Department of Commerce’s Strategic Plan.

 

During the past year, ITA has continued to increase the amount of trade-related data that is directly accessible to the public via the ITA Trade Developer Portal (TDP). The TDP is a collection of Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) that allow software developers to create web and mobile applications using information produced by ITA and other U.S. government trade promotion agencies. The data and information accessible here is targeted at helping U.S. small businesses export and expand their operations into global markets.

 

The TDP includes access to information about trade events, market research, locations of domestic and international export assistance centers, business opportunities, and interesting trade news and articles.  In November 2014, ITA added to this list by launching its newest API, the Consolidated Screening List. The Consolidated Screening List consolidates nine export screening lists of the Departments of Commerce, State and the Treasury into a single data feed as an aid to industry in conducting electronic screens of potential parties to regulated transactions. ITA encourages developers to integrate trade data and information into their Web and mobile applications and business processes to help U.S. companies compete overseas while creating jobs at home.

 

During the next few months, ITA plans to: enhance APIs that focus on business opportunities; add new APIs, such as tariff information for goods and services covered under Free Trade Agreements, and frequent questions asked by exporters; continue outreach efforts to U.S. companies; and implement feedback from our customers.

 

In addition to growing the inventory of publicly available datasets through the TDP, ITA will also launch new tools that will enable users to generate reports detailing the size, challenges, and opportunities of specific export market segments by product type and/or country. These tools will make it much easier for potential exporters to quickly identify areas with best opportunities, by giving them access to market intelligence based on intimate knowledge of each market gleaned from ITA industry experts and ITA trade specialists in the United States and working on the ground in 75 countries around the world.

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