Trade Act Programs

The Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) Program is a federal program established under the Trade Act of 1974 that provides aid to workers who lose their jobs or whose hours of work and wages are reduced as a result of increased imports.

The TAA program offers a variety of benefits and reemployment services to help unemployed workers prepare for and obtain suitable employment. Workers may be eligible for training, job search and relocation allowances, income support, and other reemployment services.

A petition for TAA may be filed by a group of three or more workers, their union, or other duly authorized representative. Petition forms may be obtained from the local State Employment Security Agency or from any agency designated by the governor to provide reemployment services under the TAA program; or you can phone 202-693-3560 or write to the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration, Division of Trade Adjustment Assistance, Room C-5311, 200 Constitution Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C. 20210.

The Trade Adjustment Assistance Reform Act of 2002 (TAA Reform Act) reauthorized the TAA program through fiscal year 2007 and amended and added provisions to the program.

DOL Web Pages on This Topic

Trade Adjustment Assistance: Fact SheetProvides information about applying for TAA, including eligibility requirements and appeal rights.

Trade Act Programs: Petition DeterminationsProvides updates on the status of petitions currently being investigated for TAA eligibility.

TAA Reform Act of 2002: SummaryProvides a summary of the ammendments and new features that were added to the TAA program by the TAA Reform Act.

TAA Reform Act of 2002: Frequently Asked QuestionsProvides questions and answers relating to TAA program changes.

Laws & Regulations on This Topic


29 USC §2801Workforce Investment Act of 1998


20 CFR Part 617Trade Adjustment Assistance for Workers Under the Trade Act of 1974