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greatseal Office of Agricultural and Textile Trade Policy (EB/TPP/ATT)
Released by the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs
U.S. Department of State, May 15, 2000

The Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs' Office of Agricultural and Textile Trade Policy (EB/TPP/ATT) encompasses two divisions: the Agricultural Trade Policy and Textile Policy and Agreements.

The Agricultural Trade Policy Division (EB/TPP/ATT/ATP) responsibilities include:

  • Ensuring fair access of American agricultural products to foreign markets by working in both bilateral and multilateral fora, such as the World Trade Organization (WTO), the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA), and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC).

  • Coordinating food aid policy to provide humanitarian relief to victims of natural and man-made disasters in accordance with our international obligations and foreign policy objectives.

  • Representing the U.S. Government in two food aid policy-making bodies: the Food Aid Committee in London and the United Nation's Consultative Subcommittee on Surplus Disposal.

  • Ensuring that legitimate animal, plant, human health, and food safety standards are enforced, yet not used as barriers to trade.

  • Promoting the development of products created through biotechnology to increase crop yields, reduce environmental stress, and ensure a safe and stable food supply.

  • Ensuring that all new products, such as those created through biotechnology, are evaluated on the basis of sound science and receive fair access to the global marketplace.

  • Developing policy strategy and public diplomacy initiatives on trade issues involving products derived from modern biotechnology, including international food safety standard-setting, labeling, and market access.

  • Handling such wide-ranging issues as agricultural sanctions, international tobacco policy, issues related to wines and spirits, the Export Enhancement Program, and the Dairy Export Incentive Program.
The Textile Policy and Agreements Division (EB/TPP/ATT/TPA) responsibilities include:
  • Working with foreign governments and textile and apparel exporters to implement our textile trade agreements in a manner which promotes the interests of American businesses and consumers.
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