International Trade: Strategy Needed to Better Monitor and Enforce Trade Agreements: NSIAD-00-76

March 2000
GAO Reports;3/14/2000, p1
Government Documents
The United Stated has entered into more than 400 trade agreements since the early 1980s, most of which were intended to liberalize trade and increase U.S. companies' access to foreign markets. More than half of these agreements were signed between 1992 and 1998. Among them were the far-reaching 1994 World Trade Organization agreements, which cover about $1.4 trillion in annual U.S. trade with 135 countries as well as significant bilateral agreements with key trading partners, such as Japan and China. This report looks at the ability of U.S. agencies to monitor and enforce trade agreements. GAO (1) identifies the federal structure for monitoring and enforcing trade agreements; (2) describes the increasing complexity of the federal monitoring and enforcement task and key activities that federal agencies must perform; and (3) assesses whether the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, the Department of Commerce, and the Department of Agriculture have the staff and support to handle their monitoring and enforcement workloads.


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