September 27, 2004
News Release 04-103


Gene Rosengarden, Director of the Office of Tariff Affairs and Trade Agreements at the U.S. International Trade Commission, has announced his retirement from U.S. government service, effective January 2005.

He leaves the Commission after 37 years of federal government service. He came to the ITC in 1972 as assistant General Counsel after serving for five years with the U.S. Bureau of Customs. In 1979, he was appointed the first director of the newly established office responsible for investigations and programs concerning the operation of the customs and tariff laws and the promulgation of foreign trade statistical requirements.

His office regularly prepares the United States tariff schedule for publication and Commission reports to the Congress on tariff and related matters. He and members of his staff have served on trade negotiating teams and prepare Presidential proclamations affecting tariffs, such as those to implement the North American Free Trade Agreement and the Uruguay Round Agreement.

He directed the U.S. contribution to the development of the Harmonized Description and Coding System, a multi-lateral classification which serves as the basis for the customs tariff and foreign trade statistical programs for the United States and over 110 other nations. He also directed, at the request of the President, the preparation of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States.

He has served on delegations to four different committees of the World Customs Organization and to the Committee on Rules of Origin of the World Trade Organization, was appointed by the Commissioner of Customs to represent the United States on assignment to reorganize the secretariat of the World Customs Organization, and was elected by the contracting parties to the Harmonized System Committee to serve as its Chairman. He also chairs the interagency committee that manages the import and export statistical classification programs.

In September 1995, he was appointed by Vice President Al Gore to serve on the Board of Directors of an initiative under the National Performance Review to develop an integrated, governmentwide data system, known as the International Trade Data System (ITDS). The ITDS will establish a "single window" of trade information encompassing the breadth of import and export trade data, from that needed for port clearance to analyses needed for supporting trade policy development and trade promotion. In October 1999, he was elected to chair the ITDS board of directors and undertook to revitalize the project to meet the vision of reducing costs for the private sector and the government; of enabling greater opportunity for effective enforcement of revenue, health, safety and environmental laws; and of providing more accurate and timely trade data for public and private analysis.

He received his B.S. degree in economics and his LL.B. degree from the University of Maryland. A member of the Maryland Bar, he also holds an LL.M. degree from the George Washington University Law School and completed the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Business School.

In September 2000, he received the Presidential Meritorious Executive Award.

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