Newly Updated National Export StrategyJanuary 8, 2013
John Larsen is the Deputy Director of the Trade Promotion Coordinating Committee Secretariat.
The newly updated National Export Strategy Report to Congress highlights achievements of the Obama Administration in this third year of the National Export Initiative and lays out ambitious new plans of the Federal Government in 2013.
The past three years have seen record exports as U.S. companies, workers, and farmers responded to overseas market opportunities. For its part, the Obama Administration improved its promotion of U.S. exports in every area in 2012, including improved trade promotion and advocacy programs, greater access to trade financing, successful removal of trade barriers, and stronger enforcement of trade rules.
Highlights include increased collaboration with U.S. metropolitan areas; secured Congressional approval and the entry into force of market-opening trade agreements with Korea, Colombia, and Panama; improved U.S. supply chain infrastructure, and increased the focus on U.S. travel and tourism. In addition, agencies are staffing a new Interagency Trade Enforcement Center to level the playing field and enhance the investigation of unfair trade practices.
In the coming year, the Administration will streamline and modernize the delivery of U.S. export promotion services for U.S. small businesses. We are increasing the base of small business exporters through national marketing and training efforts, including outreach to community banks. We are also improving Export.gov and local export counseling services.
The Obama Administration is also laying the groundwork now for long-term U.S. economic growth and competitiveness. Federal agencies are helping U.S. companies secure infrastructure contracts overseas, strengthening the focus on the Asia-Pacific region, increasing commercial engagement with Africa, and supporting the work of SelectUSA to attract and retain more investment in the United States.
The National Export Strategy is featured on Export.gov and Trade.gov. It can be downloaded here.