The 2009 edition of this annual report states,
"The 2009 National Trade Estimate Report on Foreign Trade Barriers (NTE) is the twenty-fourth in an annual series that surveys significant foreign barriers to U.S. exports. This document is a companion piece to the Presidentís Trade Policy Agenda published in February. The issuance of the NTE Report initiates the elaboration of an enforcement strategy that will decide how best to use this valuable tool in the future.
...The statute requires an inventory of the most important foreign barriers affecting U.S. exports of goods and services, foreign direct investment by U.S. persons, and protection of intellectual property rights. Such an inventory facilitates negotiations aimed at reducing or eliminating these barriers. The report also provides a valuable tool in enforcing U.S. trade laws, with the goal of expanding global trade and strengthening the rules-based trading system, which benefits all nations, and U.S. producers and consumers in particular.
The report provides, where feasible, quantitative estimates of the impact of these foreign practices on the value of U.S. exports. Information is also included on some of the actions taken to eliminate foreign trade barriers. Opening markets for American goods and services either through negotiating trade agreements or through results-oriented enforcement actions is this Administrationís top trade priority. This report is an important tool for identifying such trade barriers."