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Transportation Affairs: What We Do
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What We Do

The Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs' Transportation Affairs division (EB/TRA) is guided by two principal policy objectives:

  • To provide the fullest possible commercial support for the global aviation industry, which is uniquely dependent upon U.S. Government leadership to ensure its rights and market access in foreign countries; and

  • To guarantee a healthy U.S. aviation network worldwide as a supportive instrument for U.S. economic and political policies.
EB/TRA is comprised of two offices: the Office of Aviation Negotiations and the Office of Transportation Policy. Because the Department of State takes the lead in negotiating agreements with foreign governments, EB/TRA serves as the chief aviation negotiator for the U.S. Under the 1958 Federal Aviation Act, the Department carries out its aviation responsibility with the direct involvement of airlines, communities, and labor.

EB/TRA routinely deals with the U.S. Department of Transportation, and provides advice to the Secretary of Transportation on overall foreign policy concerns as well as on specific negotiations. The Office also works closely with the National Economic Council. EB/TRA also oversees maritime and land transport policy activities, working closely with the Maritime Administration and the Federal Maritime Commission.

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