Trade Adjustment Assistance for Firms
Upcoming Changes to EDA’s Trade Adjustment Assistance for Firms (TAAF) Program
Key portions of the statutory authorization of EDA’s TAAF program will expire on June 30, 2022.
Beginning July 1, 2022, EDA will no longer be able to accept new petitions from firms for certification of eligibility for trade adjustment assistance (“petitions”) through the TAAF program.
For firms that submit a petition to EDA by June 30, 2022: EDA will review your petition and make an eligibility determination, and EDA will inform the applicable EDA-funded Trade Adjustment Assistance Center (TAAC) of EDA’s determination. The TAAC will then inform your firm of EDA’s determination. If your firm is certified by EDA as eligible for trade adjustment assistance, your firm will continue to be served by your TAAC, including the preparation and implementation of adjustment proposals.
If you are unsure if your firm’s petition was submitted to EDA by June 30, 2022, please contact the TAAC serving your state, which can be found at http://www.taacenters.org/contact.html.
For firms that have already been certified by EDA as eligible for trade adjustment assistance: Your firm will continue to be served by your TAAC, including the preparation and implementation of adjustment proposals.
For more information on EDA’s TAAF program, please visit the Trade Adjustment Assistance for Firms Program page.
The Trade Adjustment Assistance for Firms (TAAF) (PDF) program helps import-impacted U.S. firms develop and implement projects to regain global competitiveness, expand markets, strengthen operations, increase profitability, thereby increasing U.S. jobs.
The TAAF program was established by Congress under the Trade Expansion Act of 1962. The Trade Act of 1974 (Trade Act), as amended, included a more extensive TAA program for firms that expanded eligibility, increased authorized funding levels, and provided greater flexibility for a firm to demonstrate eligibility for assistance.
Technical assistance is provided through a nationwide network of 11 non-profit or university-affiliated grantees, Trade Adjustment Assistance Centers (TAACs), to help U.S. firms in all 50 States, the District of Columbia, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
EDA’s partnership with the TAACs allows firms to receive customized assistance from industry experts knowledgeable about the unique needs, challenges and opportunities facing industries in their respective regions.