Since 2001, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has conducted an annual survey on behalf of the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) to identify and quantify the U.S. Government's trade capacity building (TCB) activities in developing countries and transitional economies. This website offers access to the full set of that survey data, including the funding levels for the period covering FY1999–FY2012 and summary activity descriptions of each of the project activities, for the period covering FY2002–FY2012.
Based on the most recent data, U.S. Government agencies provided slightly under $1 billion in support for TCB activities in FY2012, supporting activities in more than 120 countries, customs territories, and regional groupings. With funding for TCB at $418 million in FY2012, USAID is the largest funding agency. The Millennium Challenge Corporation is second at $351 million. Among regions, East Asia and Oceania garnered the most TCB funds for FY2012 ($367 million), while Sub-Saharan Africa was second with $178 million. Data for FY2011 have also been revised, with total support for TCB now measured as $1.4 billion, up from the original total of $1.0 billion. The large upward revision reflects the inclusion of TCB activities in FY2011 for which there was insufficient data to include them in the original data report.
The TCB Database measures activities which have trade-related components, both in cases where the activity has TCB as a primary focus and where the activity has broader goals with a trade-related impact. Measuring the trade-related components of a foreign assistance activity can be difficult, but the TCB Database methodology is designed to be consistent over time.
This database allows users to sort the data by categories, facilitating the analysis of activities which have direct and comprehensive trade-related impacts (e.g., technical assistance to a country's customs operations) and those which have more of an indirect impact (e.g., physical infrastructure which can serve multiple economic purposes). This database provides the user with a number of convenient means of accessing and filtering data (both funding levels and activity descriptions), either by Country, Region, or Trade Group; TCB Category; Funding U.S. Agency; and Implementing U.S. Agency. Data also may be downloaded in either Excel or HTML.