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Vellus Products, Inc. taps the Commercial Service to expand exports of their custom pet grooming products.
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Francisco J. SánchezAs Under Secretary, Francisco J. Sánchez leads the International Trade Administration which assists in the development of U.S. trade policy in the global economy; creates jobs and economic growth by promoting U.S. companies; strengthens American competitiveness across all industries; addresses market access and compliance issues; administers U.S. trade laws; and undertakes a range of trade promotion and trade advocacy efforts.

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Francisco J. Sánchez was sworn in on March 29, 2010 as Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade after receiving a recess appointment from President Obama. U.S. Commerce Deputy Secretary Dennis Hightower administered the oath of office to Sánchez who will direct the Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration

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Francisco J. Sánchez joined President Obama’s trade policy team as Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade after receiving a recess appointment from the President. Sánchez will direct the Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration, the premier resource for American companies competing in the global marketplace.

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The President announces the President's Export Council - July 7, 2010  President Obama: Boosting American Exports - March 11, 2010

"The National Export Initiative (NEI) shall be an Administration initiative to improve conditions that directly affect the private sector's ability to export. The NEI will help meet my Administration's goal of doubling exports over the next 5 years by working to remove trade barriers abroad, by helping firms -- especially small businesses -- overcome the hurdles to entering new export markets, by assisting with financing, and in general by pursuing a Government-wide approach to export advocacy abroad, among other steps."

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In President Obama’s State of the Union Address on January 27, 2010, he announced the National Export Initiative (NEI), a critical new effort that will lead to long-term, sustainable economic growth for the United States. The President has a goal of doubling exports over the next five years, an increase that will support two million American jobs. For the first time, the United States will have a government-wide export-promotion strategy with focused attention from the President and his Cabinet.

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Trade.gov Has a Fresh Look


New Look for ITA's Website
Trade.gov has a new look and feel. Our primary goal was to make our services and information easier to find. If you have questions or comments, you can let us know.

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Secretary Locke and U.S. Postmaster General Potter Sign Agreement to Boost Exports
Today Commerce and USPS announced the launch of a new effort, the New Market Exporter Initiative, to help boost U.S. exporters.

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As U.S. energy producers adopt smart grid technology, it has the potential to bring benefits to both domestic industry, particularly manufacturers, and exporters of smart grid products and services. (photo © TebNad/iStock)

Building the Power Infrastructure of Tomorrow
ITA has been working with industry and government to communicate details and value of Smart grid tech. View Morearrow

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Help for Haiti: Learn What You Can Do

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Export Programs Guide 2009

Strategic Partnership Program

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