Export Trading Company Affairs (ETCA) was created by
Congress as part of the Export Trading Company Act
of 1982. Located in the U.S. Department of Commerce's International
Trade Administration, ETCA promotes the formation and use of export
trade intermediaries and the development of joint
export ventures by U.S. firms, including joint ventures by U.S. firms
that are competitors in the domestic market.
ETCA administers two programs available to all U.S. exporters or potential
exporters. The Export Trade Certificate of Review (COR)
program assists firms in lowering their export costs and provides antitrust protection to U.S. firms for a variety
of export related activities including joint export activities
by two or more firms.
ETCA's myEXPORTS program is a multimedia advertising tool that
enables U.S. firms to advertise their export interests worldwide.
In addition, ETCA sponsors special events such as trade missions and
export related conferences.
International Trade Specialist
Office of Export Trading Company Affairs
U.S. Department of Commerce
Washington, DC 20230