Navigating the Waters of International Trade with the Aid of the U.S. I.T.C.

Manufacturing, as it interlaces with international markets, stands at the intersection of global commerce and national policy. In such a complex ecosystem, institutions like the U.S. International Trade Commission (I.T.C.) play a pivotal role. The I.T.C.’s functions and available governmental programs for manufacturers further amplify the significance of experts like Daniel B. Pickard in this landscape.

The U.S. I.T.C.: An Overview

The United States International Trade Commission is an independent, quasi-judicial federal agency with a broad mandate involving trade. It serves two primary functions:
  1. Administering U.S. trade remedy laws: The I.T.C. conducts investigations into the injurious effects of dumped and subsidized imports on domestic industries. Should these investigations find that imports are causing injury to the domestic industry, antidumping and countervailing duty orders can be issued.
  2. Providing trade expertise to both the legislative and executive branches: This includes offering advice on the probable economic effect of proposed tariff adjustments and providing assessments on the trade and competitive conditions in specific industry sectors.
For manufacturers, the I.T.C. can be a significant ally. When facing unfair competition from foreign manufacturers benefiting from subsidies or dumping products below cost, the I.T.C. can impose measures to level the playing field.

Governmental Programs for Manufacturers

Recognizing the importance of a robust manufacturing sector, the U.S. government offers several programs to aid manufacturers:
  1. Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Program: Managed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), MEP centers provide services to small and medium-sized manufacturers, enhancing their productivity, technological performance, and global competitiveness.
  2. Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs: These competitive programs ensure that small enterprises can compete for a portion of federal research funds, driving innovation and stimulating economic growth.
  3. Trade Adjustment Assistance for Firms (TAAF): Managed by the Economic Development Administration, TAAF provides financial assistance to manufacturers affected by import competition. Eligible firms can co-fund projects with the program to enhance their competitiveness.
  4. Investment Tax Credit (ITC): This provides a tax credit for businesses investing in research and development, incentivizing innovation.
  5. Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) at the Department of Energy: AMO partners with industry, academia, and government entities, fostering innovation in manufacturing.

Daniel B. Pickard and the I.T.C.

Dan’s interactions with the U.S. I.T.C. and his deep understanding of its workings position him uniquely. He not only guides manufacturers through the maze of international trade law but also assists in leveraging the available governmental programs for maximum benefit.


As the U.S. manufacturing sector aims to rejuvenate and reclaim its position in the global arena, the insights from the I.T.C., combined with the expertise of professionals like Daniel B. Pickard, will be invaluable. The American-Made 2023 MFG Conference promises to be a rich ground for manufacturers to gain these insights, ensuring a prosperous and resilient future for American manufacturing.