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  U.S. Trade Representative


Cabinet Rank Member DETAILS
Parents > United States > U.S. Executive  
Websitehttp://www.ustr.gov/
Established January 15, 1963
Disbanded Still Active
ContributorScottĀ³
Last ModifiedIndyGeorgia December 03, 2020 02:58pm
Description The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative was created by Congress in the Trade Expansion Act of
1962 and implemented by President Kennedy in Executive Order 11075 on January 15, 1963. Initially
named the Office of the Special Trade Representative, this Agency was authorized to negotiate all
trade agreements programs under the Tariff Act of 1930 and the Trade Expansion Act of 1962.

As part of the Trade Act of 1974, Congress established the Office as a Cabinet-level agency within
the Executive Office of the President and gave it other powers and responsibilities for coordinating
trade policy.

In 1980, the office was renamed the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR).
President Carter's Executive Order 12188 of January 4, 1980, authorized the USTR to set and
administer overall trade policy. The USTR was also designated as the nation's chief trade negotiator
and as the representative of the United States in the major international trade organizations.

The Office is headed by the United States Trade Representative, a Cabinet-level official with the rank
of Ambassador, who is directly responsible to the President and the Congress.

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