Services in the United States

Introduction to Services (State statute topic)

The purpose of Services is to provide a broad appreciation of the Services legal topic. Select from the list of U.S. legal topics for information (other than Services).

Concept of Services in Foreign Trade

A definition of Services in relation with foreign trade is provided here: The services statistics are estimates of services transactions between foreign countries and the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and other U.S. territories and possessions. Transactions with U.S. military, diplomatic, and consular installations abroad are excluded because they are considered to be part of the U.S. economy. Services are shown in seven broad categories. Types of services for imports and exports are the same for six of the seven categories. They are Travel; Passenger Fares; Other Transportation; Royalties and License Fees; Other Private Services; and U.S. Government Miscellaneous Servcies. For the seventh, exports are “Transfers Under U.S. Military Sales Contracts” while for imports the category is “Direct Defense Expenditures.” The services statistics are collected by the Bureau of Economic Analysis.

Finding the law: Services in the U.S. Code

A collection of general and permanent laws relating to services, passed by the United States Congress, are organized by subject matter arrangements in the United States Code (U.S.C.; this label examines services topics), to make them easy to use (usually, organized by legal areas into Titles, Chapters and Sections). The platform provides introductory material to the U.S. Code, and cross references to case law. View the U.S. Code’s table of contents here.


Further Reading

Product-support Services in the International Business Landscape

Definition of Product-support Services in the context of U.S. international business and public trade policy: Assistance a firm provides for customers regarding the operation, maintenance, and/or repair of its products.