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How to Make a FOIA Request

Before submitting FOIA requests, individuals should ensure that the information they seek is not already in the public domain or on the ITA website. If the information is not in the public domain, please follow the suggestions listed below:

  • Identify the records requested (be as specific as possible, i.e., describe the subject matter of the records, and, if known, indicate the dates of the records, the places where they originated, and the names of the originating persons or offices);
  • State that the records are requested under the Freedom of Information Act;
  • Include daytime telephone numbers in case additional information is needed before answering requests; and
  • Forward all requests to the ITA FOIA Office by one of the three methods listed below:

Mail: Mark the outside of the envelope, "Freedom of Information Act Request" and mail to the following address:
International Trade Administration
Freedom of Information Officer
Room 40003
14th and Constitution Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20230

E-mail: Forward all requests via e-mail to

Online: File requests electronically at

Last Updated: 12/07/18 1:57 PM

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