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INFLUENCING LEGISLATION WITH ITAC PARTICIPATION

William Schapiro, President of Whitehouse & Schapiro, LLC, served on the International Trade Advisory Committee (ITAC) to provide our industry’s perspective while working with government officials addressing issues of market access, customs matters, foreign investment and intellectual property protection. Bill Schapiro is the Chair of the Government Affairs Committee for SMART and regularly reports ITAC updates to our industry.

 

The Industry Trade Advisory Committees (ITACs) are a unique public-private partnership jointly managed by the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Office of United States Trade Representative (USTR) that engages business leaders in formulating U.S. trade policy. As part of the USTR-led trade advisory committee system, the Department of Commerce and USTR co-administer sixteen ITACs, an ITAC Committee of Chairs, and more than 300+ trade advisors, who provide detailed policy and technical advice and recommendations to the Secretary of Commerce and The United States Trade Representative regarding trade barriers, negotiations of trade agreements, and implementation of existing trade agreements affecting industry sectors; and perform other advisory functions relevant to U.S. trade policy matters.