The U.S. Census Bureau recently announced that effective September 22, 2014, the Foreign Trade Division changed its name to the International Trade Management Division (ITMD). The name change is part of the organizational restructure, with its first phase already completed.
According to the Census' official blog, the ITMD will continue to support the trade community in using the Automated Export System and understanding the Foreign Trade Regulations, and also will be assuming new responsibilities including data stewardship and management.
Here are a few changes that may affect your operations:
- AES Branch will now be known as the Data Collection Branch
- Regulations, Outreach and Education Branch has become the Trade Regulations Branch
- Trade Outreach Branch is a newly formed branch supporting training and education for the trade community
The ITMD will continue providing support for trade related data, but the Commodity Analysis Branch and the Data Dissemination Branch have moved to another area named the Economic Indicators Division and are now known as the Micro-Analysis and Macro-Analysis Branch, respectively.