On July 25, 2016, the International Trade Administration (ITA) published in the Federal Register a notice announcing establishment of the U.S. Department of Commerce Trade Finance Advisory Council. This advisory committee will advise the Secretary on the development of strategies and programs that would help expand access to trade finance for U.S. exporters. The establishment of this federal advisory committee is necessary to provide input to the Secretary regarding the challenges faced by U.S. exporters in accessing capital, innovative solutions that can address these challenges, and recommendations on strategies that can expand access to finance and educate U.S. exporters on available resources. The notice also requests nominations for membership, which must be received on or before 5 p.m. EDT Monday, August 22, 2016.