While trade barriers and unfair practices take many forms, the most common examples are listed below:
1. Intellectual property infringement - including copyright, patent and trademarks.
2. Customs procedures that are not uniformly applied
3. Lack of competitive bidding for foreign government tenders.
4. The application of direct or indirect subsidies by a foreign government in favor of domestic suppliers.
5. Burdensome certification and testing requirements that are not required by domestic manufacturers.
6. Influence pedaling - A corporate entity or country is interfering with fair trade practices at your expense.
7. Bribery, corruption and requests for payoffs - When foreign bribery prevents you from competing fairly on the basis of price, quality or service.
Report a Trade Barrier
If you feel your company’s exports or foreign bids have been, or may be adversely affected by a trade barrier or unfair business practice, you may file a complaint electronically with the Trade Compliance Center within the International Trade Administration.
Protecting Intellectual Property Rights Abroad
Learn what constitutes intellectual property and how to protect your rights domestically and internationally. Receive guidance on how to file patents, trademarks and/or copyrights in the U.S. and abroad.
Fair Access to Foreign Contracts
How can I insure a fair bidding process on a foreign contract? If your company is bidding on a foreign contract the Advocacy Center can help level the playing field.
Foreign Technical Barriers to Trade
Member countries of the World Trade Organization (WTO) are required under the Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT Agreement) to report to the WTO all proposed technical regulations that could affect trade with other Member countries.
Notify U.S. is a free, web-based e-mail subscription service that offers an opportunity to review and comment on proposed foreign technical regulations that can affect your access to international markets.
Free Trade Agreements (FTA)
Learn how Free Trade Agreements can benefit you and your business. Take advantage of our user guides sorted by title, service/goods industry, issue or country on the Free Trade Agreements website.