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DOC - 2575 - Department of Commerce Trade Finance Advisory Council - Agency Authority


Committee NameDepartment of Commerce Trade Finance Advisory CouncilAgency NameDepartment of Commerce
Fiscal Year2020Committee Number2575
Original Establishment Date8/11/2016Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URL
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*20
Current Charter Date8/7/2020Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Trade Finance Specialist
Date Of Renewal Charter8/7/2022Designated Federal Officer Prefix
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*Yuki
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle Name
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Fujiyama
Establishment Authority*Agency AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*Secretarial Decision MemorandumDesignated Federal Officer Phone*(202) 482-3468
Effective Date Of Authority*8/11/2016Designated Federal Officer Fax*
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary CmteNot ApplicableDesignated Federal Officer Email*
Committee Type*Continuing
Committee Function*Other Committee


Agency Recommendation*Continue
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNo
Legislation StatusNot Applicable
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The U.S. Department of Commerce Trade Finance Advisory Council (TFAC) advise the Secretary of Commerce in identifying effective ways to help (1) expand access to finance for U.S. exporters, including small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), and their foreign buyers, and (2) remove obstacles to such finance, capital and related resources. The TFAC members shall provide advice and actively solicit input, as needed, from others in the private sector to help the Department address these objectives.
How is membership balanced?*The TFAC is comprised of up to 20 members who are industry representatives and experts. Members represent companies and organizations that are both users and providers of trade finance from a broad range of products and services, company sizes, and geographic locations and shall be drawn from large, medium, and small enterprises, private sector organizations involved in the provision of ancillary products or services, other private sector trade-finance-related entities, economic development organizations and other U.S. regional, state, and local governmental and non-governmental organizations.. In addition, designees from EXIM Bank, SBA, and the Trade Promotion Coordinating Committee Secretariat will serve as ex officio non-voting members.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*The TFAC shall meet as often as necessary as determined by the DFO, but not less than, to the extent practical, two times a year.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*The issues affecting U.S. exporters’ financing needs remain on-going. There is no other federal advisory committee with the necessary level of stakeholder knowledge, expertise, or experience regarding the broad range of private and public sector trade finance products available to U.S. exporters and their foreign buyers. EXIM Bank’s two congressionally established advisory committees only provide advice on the Bank’s official trade finance programs. By contrast, the TFAC participants provide input in the design of solutions that can effectively address and enhance the full range of both private and official financing options.

It is important to note that the TFAC would not duplicate the work of EXIM Bank’s two congressionally established advisory committees. A designee from EXIM Bank serves on the TFAC as an ex officio, non-voting, member to help coordinate the work and recommendations of the Council with the work of EXIM Bank.

Accordingly, the TFAC serves the public interest by providing an effective and transparent mechanism for gathering advice from a broad range of stakeholders representing industries and organizations vital to supporting efforts to expand access to trade finance for U.S. exporters and their foreign buyers.
Why close or partially close meetings?Not Applicable
Recommendation Remarks


Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*NoAction Reorganize Priorities*No
Outcome Trust In GovernmentYesAction Reallocate ResourcesNo
Outcome Major Policy ChangesYesAction Issued New RegulationsNo
Outcome Advance In Scientific ResearchNoAction Proposed LegislationNo
Outcome Effective Grant MakingNoAction Approved Grants Or Other PaymentsNo
Outcome Improved Service DeliveryYesAction OtherNo
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionYesAction CommentNot Applicable
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsYesGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherNoNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentNot ApplicableNumber Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*Unable to DetermineDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentNot ApplicableGrants Review CommentNot Applicable
Number Of Recommendations*25Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations Comment17 Recommendations for FY20Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*0.00%Access Committee WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentAccess GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*40.00%Access PublicationsNo
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentDuring the second charter term (2018-2020), the TFAC held six open public meetings and adopted a total of 17 recommendations as follow.
(1) Modernizing insurance commitments in free trade agreements (FTAs)
(2) Encouraging adoption of a recently-created business identification code
(3) Promoting standards for small- and medium-sized enterprise (SME) financial data
(4) Making NIST’s ExporTech export education program available online
(5) Replicating the Export Advantage Program developed by the Irvine USEAC in California
(6) Guiding USEAC trade finance counseling for SMEs
(7) Encouraging SBA to re-evaluate and update current rules governing the agency’s export working capital finance programs (originally written for term loans and commercial mortgages)
(8) Enhancing commercial debit collection assistance for U.S. exporters
(9) Enabling U.S. exporters to better leverage private-sector trade finance partnerships
(10) Supporting and providing input for ITA’s Trade Finance Guide Video Project
(11) Lowering costs to allow small businesses access to supply chain financing
(12) Accelerating supply chain finance rapid response via automated application process
(13) Including blockchain leadership in the U.S.-U.K. FTA to promote digitalization
(14) Developing new trade finance educational and training resources
(15) Promoting access to and awareness of export credit and ocean marine insurance benefits to exporters in need of financing
(16) Improving trade finance knowledge for U.S. Embassy Africa Deal Teams
(17) Promoting supply chain financing with an inventory finance component
Access OtherNo
Agency Feedback*NoAccess CommentNot Applicable
Agency Feedback Comment*Not ApplicableNarrative Description*The U.S. Department of Commerce Trade Finance Advisory Council (TFAC) advise the Secretary of Commerce in identifying effective ways to help (1) expand access to finance for U.S. exporters, including small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), and their foreign buyers, and (2) remove obstacles to such finance, capital and related resources. The TFAC members shall provide advice and actively solicit input, as needed, from others in the private sector to help the Department address these objectives. In addition, the TFAC provides a forum to facilitate discussion among a diverse group of stakeholders such as banks, non-bank financial institutions, other trade finance related organizations, and exporters, so that the TFAC can better perform its advisory work for the Secretary by obtaining a better understanding of current challenges facing U.S. exporters and their foreign buyers in accessing financing and capital.
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Payments to Non-Federal Members*$0.00Est Payments to Non-Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Members*$0.00Est. Payments to Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Staff*$65,000.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$65,000.00
Payments to Consultants*$0.00Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$0.00Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Members*$0.00Est Travel Reimb For Fed Members*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Staff*$0.00Est. Travel Reimb to Fed Staff Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Consultants*$0.00Est Travel Reimb to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Other Costs$0.00Est. Other Costs Next FY*$0.00
Total Costs$65,000.00Est. Total Next FY*$65,000.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*0.50Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*0.50
Cost RemarksThe estimated annual operating cost of the TFAC is $65,000, which includes 0.5 full-time equivalents of staff support.Est Cost Remarks
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Interest Areas

Small Business
Federal Government
Internal Federal Government
State Government
International Economic Policy
International Law
International Organizations
Exports and Imports
International Commerce and Investment
Trade and Trade Policy


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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-035907Department of Commerce Trade Finance Advisory Council2019
 COM-034306Department of Commerce Trade Finance Advisory Council2018
 COM-001299Department of Commerce Trade Finance Advisory Council2017
 COM-002995Department of Commerce Trade Finance Advisory Council2016