On October 1, the International Trade Administration (ITA) of the Department of Commerce finalized the implementation of a complete organizational restructure but delayed officially announcing the change until October 17 due to the government shutdown.
The ITA previously consisted of four subdivisions: Import Administration (IA), Market Access and Compliance (MAC), Manufacturing and Services (MAS), and the US Commercial Service (USCS). These four subdivisions have been consolidated into three new business units in order “to capitalize on [the ITA’s] strengths and identify opportunities for innovation and to reduce inefficiencies and improve communication across the organization,” as explained by the Under Secretary for International Trade Francisco Sánchez. The new business units are Global Markets, Industry and Analysis, and Enforcement and Compliance.
Even as negotiations for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) stall because of the US government’s shutdown, trade negotiations between Canada and the EU continue to drag on without progress. Negotiations between Canada and the EU on a Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) began in May 2009 with objectives similar to TTIP’s—regulatory cooperation, greater investment, and procurement access—in addition to more traditional market access aims. However, after 4 years of talks CETA has made little perceivable progress in the last year. Canadian negotiators have done everything in their power, and the Prime Minister is now responsible for reaching an agreement.
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