Originally published in U.S. International Trade Commission (usitc.gov) on November 20, 2018.

USITC Announces Upcoming Listening Sessions

U.S. SME Exports: Trade-Related Barriers Affecting Exports ​of U.S. Small- and Medium-Sized Enterprises to the United Kingdom

The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) will hold 14 listening sessions across the United States to gather information for use in its upcoming report to the U.S. Trade Representative concerning trade-related barriers that U.S. small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) experience when exporting to the United Kingdom.

Specifically, the USITC is seeking information from U.S. SMEs on trade-related barriers that they believe disproportionately affect their exports to the United Kingdom, as compared to larger U.S. firms. This particularly interests the Commission, considering the uncertainty caused by the approaching withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union.

Interested small- and medium-sized enterprise exporters are invited to participate in the listening sessions. A schedule of listening sessions is listed below; to register, simply click on the registration link for the event that interests you.

The USITC is grateful for the substantial logistical assistance provided by the U.S. Small Business Administration in arranging these listening sessions and the significant assistance of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Commercial Service in coordinating the listening session event in Salt Lake City, UT. The Commission thanks these agencies as well as U.S. Export Assistance Centers, Small Business Development Centers, and District Export Councils for their ongoing outreach efforts and help in identifying potential exporters who may have an interest in participating in the fact-gathering sessions.