On May 10, 2018, the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) published in the Federal Register a notice announcing that USTR and the Secretary of Commerce have established a new four-year charter term ending in February 2022, and are accepting applications from qualified individuals interested in serving as a member of an Industry Trade Advisory Committee (ITAC). The ITACs provide detailed policy and technical advice, information, and recommendations to the Commerce Secretary and the USTR regarding trade barriers, negotiation of trade agreements, and implementation of existing trade agreements affecting industry sectors, and perform other advisory functions relevant to US trade policy matters. There currently are opportunities for membership on each ITAC and nominations will be accepted throughout the charter term. Eleven ITACs (ITACS 1–11) provide advice and information on issues that affect specific sectors of US industry. Three ITACs (ITACs 12–14) focus on crosscutting functional issues that affect all industry sectors and include specifically appointed members along with non-voting members from the industry specific ITACs to represent a broad range of industry perspectives. The ITACs may address other trade policy issues, e.g., government procurement and subsidies, in ad hoc working groups. The ITACS for which new four-year charter terms have been established (Feb. 14, 2018 – Feb. 14, 2022) are:

ITAC 1 Aerospace Equipment

ITAC 2 Automotive Equipment and Capital Goods

ITAC 3 Chemicals, Pharmaceuticals, Health/Science Products and Services

ITAC 4 Consumer Goods

ITAC 5 Forest Products, Building Materials, Construction and Nonferrous Metals

ITAC 6 Energy and Energy Services

ITAC 7 Steel

ITAC 8 Digital Economy

ITAC 9 Small and Minority Business

ITAC 10 Services

ITAC 11 Textiles and Clothing

ITAC 12 Customs Matters and Trade Facilitation

ITAC 13 Intellectual Property Rights

ITAC 14 Standards and Technical Trade Barriers

The ITACs are subject to the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act. See 19 U.S.C. 2155(f); 5 U.S.C. App. II. For details on eligibility and how to apply, see the FR notice.