If a U.S. industry believes that it is being injured by unfair competition through dumping or subsidization of a foreign product, it may request the imposition of antidumping or countervailing duties by filing a petition with both Enforcement and Compliance (E&C) and the United States International Trade Commission (USITC). E&C investigates foreign producers and governments to determine whether dumping or subsidization has occurred and calculates the amount of dumping or subsidies.
USITC determines whether the domestic industry is suffering material injury as a result of the imports of the dumped or subsidized products. USITC considers all relevant economic factors, including the domestic industry's output, sales, market share, employment, and profits. For further information on USITC's injury investigation, see http://www.usitc.gov. Both USITC and E&C must make affirmative preliminary determinations for an investigation to proceed.
The Advocacy Center helps to ensure that sales of U.S. products and services have the best possible chance competing abroad by leveling the playing field on behalf of U.S. business interests as they compete against foreign firms for specific international contracts or other U.S. export opportunities.
If you feel your company’s intellectual property rights (IPR) have been, or may be adversely affected by a pirated and/or counterfeit good(s), you may file a complaint electronically with Stopfakes.gov.
The Protecting Intellectual Property Rights Abroad section of Export.gov provides additional information on protecting IPR abroad.
If your company is experiencing a problem with a foreign customs house, make sure you’ve corrected the identifying problem. To further resolve customs problems, try the following:
Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) can help your company to enter and compete more easily in the global marketplace. Trade agreements help level the international playing field and encourage foreign governments to adopt open and transparent rulemaking procedures, as well as non-discriminatory laws and regulations. FTAs help strengthen business climates by eliminating or reducing tariff rates, improving intellectual property regulations, opening government procurement opportunities, easing investment rules, and much more.
In international trade, problems involving bad debts are more easily avoided than rectified after they occur. Credit checks and services such as the international company profile can also limit the risks. Refer to the Help Getting Paid section of Export.gov for additional information resolving payment problems.
U.S. companies must be aware of international business scams and illegitimate trade deals. The International Trade Scams portion of Export.gov gives specific details about these illegitimate business deals, how to help companies identify if they are the target of a scam, and where to report possible scams.