How can I barter outside of my own city?
Trade exchanges participate in worldwide reciprocal trade relationships
with other exchanges offering a multitude of additional barter opportunities.
We fulfill our members travel requests via our vast Global
Network. We also help businesses looking to open new markets by
using the distribution channels available nationwide. In turn, we
receive products from across the Nation that are made available
to our local membership.
The International Reciprocal
Trade Association (IRTA) & Universal
The National Association of
Trade Exchanges (NATE) & The BANC
(Nationwide Clearing House for Trade Exchanges)
These associations represent over 300,000 businesses and an
estimated 5 billion dollars in trade. They offer members annual
conventions and a trade broker certification program, maintain an
ethics review process, and keep members informed of governmental
actions and policies that have impact on our industry. Action programs
include member services, business leads, media relations, speaker's
bureau, government affairs, education and training, conventions
and meetings, technical consulting, supporting international members,
assisting new start-ups, eliminating restrictive government regulations,
industry surveys, and publications. Most importantly, they give
barter exchanges the opportunity to market their members products
to barter companies across the Nation.
Commercial barter is a young industry, roughly 20 years old, run
by a strong group of entrepreneurs. The leading members of the industry
are joined together in the International Reciprocal Trade Association
which has branches in Europe and Australasia. It was this group
that worked with the U.S. Congress to pass the barter tax compliance
provisions of the Tax Equity and Fiscal Responsibility Act of 1982.
The same law recognized barter exchanges on a par with banks and
credit card companies as "third party recordkeepers" of
the financial records of other taxpayers. All U.S. barter exchanges
now submit to the tax authorities yearly total of the barter sales
of their clients.