September 11, 2014
News Release 14-093
Inv. No. 332-540
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819


Digital trade -- domestic commerce and international trade conducted via the Internet -- has far-reaching effects on the U.S. economy that have fundamentally transformed many aspects of the ways businesses operate and interact with one another, reports the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) in its publication Digital Trade in the U.S. and Global Economies, Part 2.

The USITC, an independent, nonpartisan, factfinding federal agency, completed the report at the request of the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance.

As requested, Digital Trade in the U.S. and Global Economies, Part 2 provides information on the value of U.S. digital trade and the potential growth of this trade, and it provides insight into the broader linkages and contributions of digital trade to the U.S. economy. The report includes a survey of U.S. firms in industries particularly involved in digital trade (digitally intensive firms), examines the effects of notable barriers and impediments to digital trade, and presents case studies that examine the importance of digital trade to selected U.S. industries. Report highlights follow.

Digital Trade in the U.S. and Global Economies, Part 2 (Inv. No. 332-540, USITC publication 4485, August 2014) is available on the USITC's Internet site at

The report is the second of two requested by the Committee. The first report, Digital Trade in the U.S. and Global Economies, Part 1, was delivered in July 2013. That report laid the groundwork for the second report by providing an overview of trends in U.S. digital trade, describing the ways digital trade facilitates trade in other sectors, and setting out potential approaches for estimating the economic impact of digital trade on the U.S. economy. The first report also examined available information on international digital trade, including notable barriers and impediments to such trade.

USITC general factfinding investigations, such as this one, cover matters related to tariffs or trade and are generally conducted at the request of the U.S. Trade Representative, the House Committee on Ways and Means, or the Senate Committee on Finance. The resulting reports convey the USITC's objective findings and independent analyses on the subject investigated. The USITC makes no recommendations on policy or other matters in its general factfinding reports. Upon completion of each investigation, the USITC submits its findings and analyses to the requester. General factfinding reports are subsequently released to the public, unless they are classified by the requester for national security reasons.

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