International

The FTC engages with competition and consumer protection agencies in other countries, directly and through international networks, to halt deceptive and anticompetitive business practices that affect U.S. consumers. The FTC also reaches out to competition and consumer protection authorities to provide policy leadership, promote sound approaches to common problems, and help new agencies address the challenges of transitioning to a market-based economy.

The FTC’s Office of International Affairs directs the agency’s international activities for competition and consumer protection, which include:

econsumer.govThe FTC also supports econsumer.gov, a project sponsored by the International Consumer Protection and Enforcement Network ICPEN and consumer agencies in more than 35 countries. Consumers can use econsumer.gov to report cross-border complaints. Enforcement agencies can use those complaints to investigate fraud.

 

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FTC Report Cites Benefits of International Cooperation on Antitrust and Consumer Protection Enforcement

In February 2021, the Federal Trade Commission issued a report examining ways to enhance cooperation between the FTC and overseas competition and consumer protection authorities in order to maximize the effectiveness of the FTC’s enforcement efforts. The report cites expert testimony from hearings the Commission convened in March 2019, held in conjunction with the George Washington University’s Competition Law Center, which stressed the importance of obtaining and sharing information quickly and efficiently in cross-border antitrust investigations.


International Newsletter

The FTC International Monthly newsletter summarizes FTC activities of likely interest to international readers.

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