Trade commissioner is the title of a government official whose primary duties are to promote international trade agreements and export trade programs on behalf of a national or regional government authority. Such envoys are normally posted abroad, often being permanently resident in the country or region to which they have been assigned, but in some cases are locally engaged employees. If assigned by an authority or organization lacking sovereignty, or if a local employee, a trade commissioner may not enjoy diplomatic status. The title Trade Commissioner is also used by some international organizations for the senior official responsible for trade.

Countries with trade commissioners


The Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade) has 80 global offices, employing diplomatically accredited Trade Commissioners and large teams of highly experienced local staff.[1]


The Brazilian Trade Promotion and Investment Sector (SECOM) employs both Brazilian citizens and foreign nationals with this title.


The Canadian Trade Commissioner Service has over 160 offices in Canada and abroad, employing both Canadian citizens and foreign nationals with this title.[2]

International organizations with trade commissioners

The following international organizations have commissioners for trade and related issues:

See also


  1. ^ "About Austrade | Austrade". Retrieved June 30, 2024.
  2. ^ "Trade Commissioner Service". September 17, 2018. Retrieved June 30, 2024.
  4. ^ "EUCLID News and Events". Retrieved June 30, 2024.
  5. ^ "Language selection | European Commission". Retrieved June 30, 2024.
  6. ^ "Pacific Island Forum Secretariat Trade Offices". Retrieved June 30, 2024.