At the core of U.S. trade policy is steadfast support of the rules-based multilateral trading system. Working through the World Trade Organization (WTO), the United States is a world leader in securing the reduction of trade barriers in order to expand global economic opportunity, raise standards of living, and reduce poverty. The WTO Agreements also provide the foundation for high-standard U.S. bilateral and regional agreements that contribute to a dynamic and open global trading system based on the rule of law. The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) has overall responsibility for trade negotiations and policy coordination regarding matters before the WTO.
Dispute Settlement in the World Trade Organization (WTO): An Overview (pdf/197kb)
CRS Report for Congress, Congressional Research Service/Library of Congress
April 8, 2010